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Campus Read

Formally established in 2009 by Chancellor Michael Collins, the Campus Read Program is an academic enrichment initiative designed to provide campus-wide engagement through the reading of a book relevant to health care and health sciences education. The book discussion promotes academic discourse and critical thinking on a topic that is both timely and important for our campus community and our mission areas.  For the past several years, the Campus Read Committee has chosen a book that has been aligned with our goal of increasing cultural competence. Prior to this event, members of our academic medical community come together in small and large discussion groups for critical analysis of the topic.
Campus Read 2017 - Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy, MD

Convocation Week LGBTA Luncheon

… is an opportunity for the entire academic health science community to come together to welcome and support our LGBT community and to hear from a speaker on LGBT Health issues.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

… is a time when we join the nation in recognizing the many contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States while celebrating and recognizing our faculty, staff, residents, post-docs and students who share a Hispanic heritage and who have contributed so much to our academic health science center’s success.

International Festival

… is an opportunity to promote awareness of the many diverse cultures that make up our academic health sciences center.   DIO hosts an annual International Festival under the sponsorship of the International Committee. The International Festival reminds us that our geographical boundaries are not limited by Central Massachusetts, or the Boston area or New England and that having diverse cultures is critical to our mission. Our ability to understand different cultures, and, as a result hold multiple realities leads us to new ways of knowing, groundbreaking research and innovation. Events like our International Festival where we experience our rich diversity unleash previously unimagined creativity, an especially important attribute in an academic health science center.

Martin Luther King Day Celebration of Service and Black History Month Celebration

… is an opportunity for our community to come together and share the legacy of Dr. King by highlighting the importance of service.  Our theme incorporates Dr. King’s message that, “everyone can be great because everyone can serve.”  It is a time for us to recognize the many, many hours of community and global health services that are provided annually by members of the academic medical community to the Worcester Community and around the world.

Our celebration agenda includes a keynote speaker who provides insights for achieving our mission to increase the numbers of underrepresented groups in student, faculty and staff positions; improve the cultural competence of our workforce; and eliminate health disparities through research, service and practice.  At our MLK celebrations, faculty, staff and residents who have contributed to advancing institutional excellence through diversity, civility, and enhancing cultural competence and reducing health disparities are given awards.  In addition, students are awarded the annual MLK Student Award for Service for their community projects. 

Recognizing the importance of integrating the visual arts and music to promote healing, our celebration extends through Black History Month in February. Traveling photo and art exhibits highlight our diversity and our connection to the community. In an effort to enhance the lives of our patients, families, visitors and employees, musical concerts and visual art are included as part of the celebration.

Women’s History Month and Women’s Health Month

… allows us to join in the national celebration of Women’s History Month in March to recognize the achievements of women in all facets of life, but particularly in science and medicine. DIO co-sponsors Women’s History Month with Women’s Faculty Committee and Women’s Leadership Work Group and Professional Women’s Committee by hosting a speaker on the national theme.

We join in the national celebration of Women’s Health Month in May to empower women to make their health a priority. National Women's Health Month also serves as a time to help women understand what it means to be well. DIO co-sponsors an Engaged Conversation with a national expert on an aspect of women’s health and the academic medical center community.