April 9, 2019—For three consecutive years, the UF College of Medicine’s Celebration of Diversity Week has rallied students, faculty and staff around issues of inclusion and equal representation within all facets of health care. The 2019 iteration of the celebration, held April 1-5, welcomed nationally renowned physicians and scientists like Hannah Valentine, who works to achieve scientific workforce diversity at the National Institutes of Health; alum Sarah Vinson, M.D. ’07, whose work aims to de-stigmatize mental illness among minority communities; and Gae Walters, Ph.D., whose research examines the specific behaviors and attitudes practiced by women who have overcome gendered barriers to leadership positions.
The week kicked off with a Faces of Diversity portrait session in the UF Health Shands Hospital atrium, during which UF emergency medicine physician Giuliano De Portu, M.D., snapped photos of dozens of faculty, students and staff to showcase the diverse identities and backgrounds that make up the UF Health workforce.
After five days of talks from speakers hailing from across the nation and one international lunch of cuisines from around the globe, the week culminated Saturday with the Equal Access Clinic Student-Alumni Health Fair at UF Health Family Medicine—Eastside, where faculty, students and alumni provided health screenings to members of the local community, followed by the Office for Diversity and Health Equity Emerald Ball.
Below are a few impressions from the 2019 UF College of Medicine Celebration of Diversity Week, collected straight from the minds who made this year’s celebration so memorable: