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IU School of Medicine celebrating Diversity Week with special presentations


INDIANAPOLIS — The chief diversity officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges, Marc Nivet, Ed.D., will kick off the Indiana University School of Medicine’s 12th annual Diversity Week Speakers Series with the keynote address “Diversity 3.0.”

The presentation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in Emerson Hall, Room 304, on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.

Other IU School of Medicine Diversity Week dates and speakers are:

•    Jan. 23: Sheryl Allen, M.D., associate professor of clinical emergency medicine and pediatrics and associate dean for medical student affairs at the IU School of Medicine, will deliver a “Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership Presentation” from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in Fairbanks Hall, Room 1109. Prior to her role with medical student affairs, she has served as assistant dean in diversity affairs at the IU School of Medicine.

•    Jan. 23: Maria Herrera, M.D., a pediatric resident at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, will moderate the “From Here to There: An Alumni Panel Discussion” from noon to 1 p.m. at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute, Room 103. Dr. Herrera, a 2013 graduate of the IU School of Medicine, is a resident at IU Health. Born in Guatemala, Dr. Herrera and her family moved to Miami when she was 5 years old.

•    Jan. 24: Abideen Yekinni, M.D., assistant clinical professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the IU School of Medicine, will present “Medicine Grand Rounds: My Journey” from noon to 1 p.m. in Emerson Hall, Room 304. A native of Nigeria, Dr. Yekinni completed his undergraduate degree, medical degree and residency at IU and the IU School of Medicine.

An IU School of Medicine student established the Diversity Week Speaker Series in 2003 to focus attention on diversity issues in medical education, including disparities in health care access, infant mortality rates and the lack of minorities in U.S. medical schools and in practice. The program aims to create an open and honest dialog between minority and non-minority students, faculty, community leaders and patients.

All events are free and open to the community. Diversity Week is sponsored by the IU School of Medicine Diversity Council and the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.