As our world faces a global pandemic, the United States is also confronted with the complex topic of race and inequality in our society. Members of the UTMB community have ancestral roots from across the globe, and our differences encourage growth at multiple levels in our organization. As an organization committed to embracing and promoting humanity in medicine, UTMB’s Gold Humanism Honor Society proposed an installation of student-submitted commentary to showcase both the difficult events of 2020 and our community’s response and commitment to equality. In this session, we reviewed our experiences initiating and implementing this project and discussed practical skills and challenges of creating the Celebration of Diversity Installation. In addition, we also shared learnings from this project in order to inform and inspire those who wish to create similar initiatives at their own institutions. Aims: 1) Share a model for how members of both the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) and the Gold Foundation can act to uphold and promote humanistic mission and values in the greater medical community. 2) Provide our perspective as student leaders working within the framework of a large medical institution to create sustainable positive cultural changes regarding diversity and inclusion of all types.
Melissa Victory Brodman, Medical Student, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX
Gabriela Zambrano Hill, Medical Student, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX (GHHS Member)
Viridiana Saenz, Medical Student, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX (GHHS Member)
Renat Ahatov, Medical Student, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX (GHHS Member)