Programs and Community Building
At UT Southwestern, the Division of Diversity and Inclusion collaborates with campus partners to offer programs and initiatives that promote an engaging and inclusive employee experience. Guided by a commitment to building diverse communities, we’re intentional in who we reach out to, and how we connect with them.
UT Southwestern hosts this event annually in January, to commemorate and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while also awarding scholarships to a UT Southwestern Medical Student currently exuding excellence and service in the community. This event highlights the importance of service to the community, diversity in science and medicine, and promoting justice in various aspects of society, including health care.
Since 2017, UT Southwestern has hosted the Department of Labor’s “U.S. Department of Labor Informational & Outreach Forum” in the Dallas area. As a part of this program, federal contractors from across North Texas are allowed to hear from multiple agencies and gain valuable information to ensure ongoing compliance.
- Named in honor of the renowned Dallas African-American physician and educational advocate, the Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Program matches highly motivated college students from Texas’ Senatorial District 23 (South Dallas) with paid internships, mentors, character and skills building experiences, and community service projects/programs that will change their lives. UT Southwestern Medical Center has been a collaborating partner since the program’s inception.
- Through UT Southwestern’s Office of Institutional Equity & Access, each summer, Conrad Program interns are matched to mentors across the campus – past preceptorships have included experience in clinical, laboratory, and hospital settings. In addition, interns attend career seminars to learn more about the many professional paths in the health sciences. As of 2018, UT Southwestern has educated and trained nearly 200 undergrad interns in the 25 years we have sponsored this program.
Each year, UTSW partners with the Texas Workforce Commission to provide students with disabilities between the ages of 14-22 with internship positions on campus through the Summer Earn and Learn (SEAL) program. UTSW provides SEAL students employability skills training, paid work experience, and in some cases has provided permanent employment to students who graduate from the program.
Each year, UT Southwestern provides job training services for underserved adults with cognitive disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, stroke, and significant learning disabilities.
UT Southwestern’s Office of Institutional Equity & Access hosted the Greater Dallas Healthcare Diversity Summit for the fifth consecutive year. This event brings together healthcare and diversity leaders from across DFW to promote inclusion and opportunities for underserved populations to enter and access the healthcare market in this region.
Launched in 2017, UT Southwestern, in partnership with the Hispanic Latino Business Resource Group, hosts this program to highlight the importance of service to the community, diversity in science and medicine, and promoting justice in various aspects of society, including health care.
ach year UT Southwestern Medical Center has more than 200+ summer interns in various programs across campus ranging from high school seniors to Graduate School researchers. This event highlights the academic opportunities within all three medical schools, while also creating a space for student interns to network, converse with the Associate Deans of Diversity & Inclusion for each school, and gain valuable insight on the possibilities for professional and academic advancement available at our institution.
UT Southwestern, along with the Veterans Business Resource Group, hosts the Annual “Tribute to Veterans” program to honor the more than 800 veteran employees, and nearly 40 students who are also veterans or on active duty. This event brings together the campus community to honor the service of veterans, highlight their role in diversity, and raise awareness about their unique contribution to science, medicine, and healthcare.
UT Southwestern, along with the LGBTA Business Resource Group, hosts the Annual “PRIDE Month Celebration” bringing together UTSW students, staff, and faculty to commemorate and recognize the institutional and community impact LGBT individuals and Allies have had at UT Southwestern and around the world. Click here for the latest updates!
For more than 30 years, UT Southwestern and other healthcare institutions, like Parkland and Children’s hospital, have partnered with Commissioner John Wiley Price annually to host KwanzaaFest HealthFest, which brings together over 50,000 people for screenings and health care services. UT Southwestern staff and faculty volunteer to provide health services and facilitate logistics to execute this two-day community event.