ODEI is turning 5: Fifth Year Celebration

The WUSM Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is celebrating five years of existence on our campus! We hope this month can serve as a time to reflect on the impacts our diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting and education have made on our campus.

We are hosting a variety of events for you to connect with others on-campus and learn about what we do and ways to get involved. Please RSVP for events you plan to attend so we may plan accordingly for food and beverage arrangements.

Social / Grab n’ Go Snacks: We invite all of our campus community members to celebrate with us at small grab ‘n’ go socials where you will be offered free snacks and ODEI promotional items!

  • Doughnuts: Friday, October 6, 2023, 7:30a – 8:30a, Becker Lobby/BJIH Lobby/PEDS Lobby
  • Cookies: Wednesday, October 11, 2023 1:00p – 2:00 p.m. FLTC Atrium
  • Scones and Fruit: Monday, October 16, 2023 7:30a – 8:30 a.m. CSRB Link (near FedEx)
  • Popcorn and Candy: Thursday, October 19, 2023 1:00p – 2:00 p.m. FLTC Hearth
  • Cake: Monday, October 23, 2023 1:00p – 2:00 p.m. FLTC Atrium

Perspectives: In recognition of Latiné Heritage Month, this Perspectives discussion will focus on the origins of the terms most commonly used to identify this large and diverse community. Identity, or how we understand and express ourselves, is very complex. Latiné  identities are unique and shaped by factors such as geography, heritage, race, gender, and more. Acknowledging that no one term can describe a person or group of people, we will discuss the origin of the term’s Latino/a, Latinx, Latiné  and Hispanic to support a more informed discussion about Latiné  identities. Understanding these origins more clearly, who created them and why, can inform efforts around equity and inclusion.

27th Annual Homer G. Phillips Public Health Lecture Series: Friday, October 6th at 5:30pm. Please reach out to Liz Riggs at if you have any questions.

Guest Speaker: Brenda Battle, RN, BSN, MBA-Senior Vice President for Community Transformation and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer University of Chicago Medicine

Honoree: Nathaniel Murdock, MD-Board-certified obstetrician gynecologist, retired.

Washington University School of Medicine
Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC)*
320 South Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110

5:30 p.m. Light Refreshments
6:00 p.m. Lecture
7:00 p.m. Cocktails and Reception

*Free validated parking is available in the Euclid Garage, across the street from the Center for Advanced Medicine (CAM) building or the Metro Garage.

Advancing Disability Inclusion: One in four adults in the United States are living with some kind of disability. This diverse community is made up of unique individuals whose knowledge, skills, talents and experiences add important perspective, resourcefulness, and creative energy to our society. Still, people with disabilities are underemployed, overrepresented in health inequities and experience healthcare access barriers. This 90-minute education session will define disability, introduce inclusive practices for language, etiquette and bias management. We will highlight campus resources to help participants begin to think of ways to move from compliance to inclusion within their work environments.

Healing Ourselves: In this 3-part series, we work with the tool of mindfulness to expand our capacity to be present and notice how it supports our work for equity and justice. We move from not only learning about ourselves and the biases we carry to becoming more able to lean into unpleasantness and cultivate compassion. This is the foundational work needed to build the community and connection that will support healing and restoration needed for transformation. Please note, this is a series that must be registered for together at

  • Lean Into Unpleasant: Monday, October 9th, 2023, 11:45a – 12:45a, Zoom
  • Cultivate Compassion and Moving into Action in Support of One Another: Monday, October 16th, 2023, 11:45a – 12:45a, Zoom
  • Healing, Connecting, and Supporting Positive Change: Monday, October 23rd, 2023, 11:45a – 12:45a, Zoom