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Nikki Livingston is a Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Faculty Affairs, Professional Development, and Diversity. She earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Drama at Spelman College.
Nikki's unique background in graphic design, copywriting, project management, and digital marketing enables her to support communication efforts through a wide variety of mediums. She is passionate about mission-driven storytelling and helping organizations connect with their communities.
Spiritual and compassionate care focuses on a patient's spiritual wellbeing by connecting them to spiritual traditions, rituals and practices as they experience a health crisis. Rev. Donald Stikeleather, a staff chaplain for IU Health Methodist Hospital and an ordained Buddhist through Dharma Ocean Foundation, provides insight into this topic of spiritual care for patients who practice Buddhism.
In October 2020, Implementing Conversations to Advance Racial Equity (iCare) was launched by Faculty Affairs, Professional Development, and Diversity (FAPDD) to call for racial equity in health care. Dawn Neuman, PhD, director of the Indiana University Interactive and Functional Assessment of Communication and Emotion (InterFACE) Center at Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, is a member of IUSM ICARE’s second cohort. She shared her experience with the IUSM ICARE program and how she has grown personally around discussions about racial equity and diverse perspectives.
King’s work toward peace, human rights and justice are concepts and foundational pillars that continue to influence many. However, as the country navigates the compounding crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and the disproportionate impact on marginalized communities; members of the IU School of Medicine community reflect on his legacy.