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Programs & Events

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion collaborates with campus partners to offer programs and initiatives that promote an engaging and inclusive employee experience.

Programs

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration
    UT Southwestern hosts this event annually in January to commemorate and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and award scholarships to UT Southwestern medical students 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 health care and other aspects of society.
  • Black History Month Celebration
    Each year, UT Southwestern partners with the African American Employee Business Resource Group to host an event in celebration of Black History Month. For Black History Month, UT Southwestern hosts an annual campus event where national leaders in the areas of medicine, government, or higher education are invited to campus to share knowledge and celebrate the achievements by African Americans and other diverse populations in U.S. history.
  • Women’s History Month Celebration
    Each year, UT Southwestern partners with the Women & Allies Employee Business Resource Group to host an event in celebration of Women’s History Month. For more than 40 years, Women’s History Month has been celebrated in March to honor the contributions and achievements women have made to the United States and internationally. UTSW invites its campus community to events held throughout the month recognizing the amazing power of women in our workforce.
  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration
    Each year, UT Southwestern partners with the Asian-Pacific Islander Business Resource Group to host an event in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month began as a 10-day celebration and became a federally recognized monthlong heritage celebration in 1992. UTSW celebrates this month to honor the contributions and achievements Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans have made to the history of the United States and internationally.
  • Juneteenth Celebration
    Each year, UT Southwestern partners with the African American Employee Business Resource Group to host an event in celebration of Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration that honors the end of slavery in the United States. It marks the day of June 19, 1865, when federal troops arrived in Texas to take control of the state and guarantee that all slaves be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full 2 ½ years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Slavery would not be abolished completely until the 13th Amendment, which was ratified six months later. Juneteenth is considered the longest-running African American holiday.
  • PRIDE Month Celebration
    UT Southwestern partners with the LGBTA Business Resource Group to host 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.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
    Since 2017, UT Southwestern has partnered with the Hispanic Latino Business Resource Group to host this program highlighting the importance of service to the community, diversity in science and medicine, and promoting justice in healthcare and various aspects of society. 
  • Tribute to Veterans Celebration
    UT Southwestern partners with the Veterans Business Resource Group to host the annual Tribute to Veterans program that honors 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 contributions to science, medicine, and health care.
  • Diversity Week
    National Diversity Week was founded in 1998 to raise awareness about the diversity that has shaped and continues to shape the United States. Officially, National Diversity Week falls in the full first week of October. At UT Southwestern, the Office of Institutional Equity & Access' Division of Diversity & Inclusion utilizes Diversity Week to showcase UTSW’s six Business Resource Groups (BRGs). Our BRGs are instrumental in creating a sense of belonging and providing essential professional development resources for their members.

Community-Building

  • MLK Acts of Service
    Each year in January UT Southwestern and other health care institutions, including Parkland Memorial Hospital and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, partnered with other community organizations to offer a variety of service projects for their employees. The program brings together UTSW's values of teamwork and compassion. 
  • Emmett J. Conrad Summer Internship Program
    Named in honor of the renowned African American Dallas physician and educational advocate, the Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Program matches highly motivated college students from Texas’ Senatorial District 23 in 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, Conrad Program interns are matched each summer 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 undergraduate interns in the 25 years we have sponsored this program.
  • Greater Dallas Health Care Diversity Summit
    UT Southwestern’s Office of Institutional Equity & Access hosted the Greater Dallas Health Care Diversity Summit for the fifth consecutive year in 2021. This event brings together health care and diversity leaders from across the Dallas-Fort Worth area to promote inclusion and opportunities for underserved populations to enter and access the health care market in this region.
  • KwanzaaFest HealthFest Community Event
    For more than 30 years, UT Southwestern and other health care institutions, including Parkland Memorial Hospital and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, have partnered with Dallas County 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.