Diversity Week 2019

A collaboration between Washington University Medical Campus partners, Diversity Week is an annual event that strengthens our ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The event is co-hosted by BJC HealthCare, Barnes-Jewish HospitalGoldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Washington University School of Medicine.

Diversity Week 2019: September 9 – 13

"Belonging" - the 2019 Diversity Week theme - written in colorful and whimsical font

Belonging is a building block of healthy, vital communities, organizations and people. This year’s events focus on taking belonging personally to create a community based on intentional inclusion.

World-renowned racial justice activist Jane Elliott, whose 1968 “Blue eyes–Brown eyes” exercise exposed students to the irrational and arbitrary basis of prejudice, will deliver the keynote address. Other events include experiential-based learning opportunities, a film screening, a panel discussion of campus leaders and a diversity resource fair and block party.

Registration is required for all events. All sessions are open to the Washington University Medical Campus community and BJC employees. Events are open to the public if so indicated.

Monday, September 9

Breaking Ice, a Pillsbury House Theatre production
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | EPNEC Auditorium
This immersive performance illuminates common workplace interactions that may be misunderstood or hurtful to colleagues, opening the door for safe dialogue around cultural differences and systemic inequities.
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Poverty Simulation (limited space)
1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | BJC @ the Commons in Cortex
Participants in the Community Action Poverty Simulation role-play the lives of low-income families, experiencing the complexities and frustrations of living in poverty day-to-day.
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Jane Elliott: The Anatomy of Prejudice
Pre-reception at 4:30 p.m. | Presentation: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. | EPNEC Auditorium
Anti-racism activist Jane Elliott’s “Blue eyes–Brown eyes” exercise has taught countless students the anatomy of prejudice. Her presentation will challenge attendees to recognize their own role in eliminating racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and ethnocentrism.
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Tuesday, September 10

Everyday Bias for the Health Professional
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Parkview Tower C, Conference Room D
Unconscious biases can prevent equitable and inclusive decision-making. In this program, you’ll learn six ways to mitigate unconscious bias, as well as questions to ask yourself to check your decision-making.
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Wednesday, September 11

How to Make and Not Break Relationships with the LGBTQIA+ Community
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | EPNEC, Seminar Room B
Presented by staff from the Pediatric Transgender Center, this interactive skill-building session addresses ways to create affirming and inclusive relationships with the LGBTQIA+ community in a medical setting. Open to those who have had no training.
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Inclusion Panel with Campus Leaders
2 p.m. – 3.p.m. | St. Louis College of Pharmacy Auditorium
Join us for a panel discussion with leaders from Washington University Medical Campus partners. They’ll share transparent perspectives on the meaning of inclusion and the intentional journey to make organizations more inclusive.
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Thursday, September 12

Healing Practices for Busy People
12:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. | McDonnell Pediatric Research Building Lobby
In this casual and inclusive introduction to yoga beyond the mat, you’ll have fun learning practices for healing and mindfulness. Techniques will draw from the Yoga as a Peace Practice curriculum, which makes contemplative practices accessible to communities where trauma from violence exists. Yoga attire and mats are not required.
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Film & Panel: Intelligent Lives
5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | St. Louis Children’s Hospital Auditorium
The documentary Intelligent Lives challenges what it means to be intelligent and how people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment and intimate relationships. Panelists will address meeting the needs of patients, families and employees.

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Friday, September 13

Diversity Resource Fair & Community Block Party
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Hope Plaza
The week’s culminating event offers resources from campus and community partners and organizations, complete with entertainment, networking opportunities and food trucks. Join the party — you belong here!
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