Quarterly news & updates
October 2021 Issue
D&I Team Spotlights
Our Impact: HEED Award Recognition
UTSW Honored for its commitment to diversity
UTSW received the 2021 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

For the fourth year in a row, leadership at UT Southwestern has been honored with the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine - the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education for outstanding commitment to and ongoing promotion of inclusive excellence. In addition, the Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion has been awarded the 2021 Inspiring Programs in STEM award for the third year in a row. In a climate where COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for healthcare and health equity, UT Southwestern continues to center its commitment to diversity and inclusion in its pursuit of excellence in health care, education, and research. 

As a recipient of the annual Health Professions HEED Award — a national honor for U.S. colleges and universities — UT Southwestern will be featured, along with 50 other recipients, in the December 2021 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. 
Upcoming Trainings
The Division of Diversity & Inclusion is excited to announce that we will be offering our Diversity for All Staff Training, our Inclusive Team-building Part 1 & 2 Training, and our Affirming Gender Identity and Expression in the Workplace training to our campus community.

If you are interested in learning more about either of these courses, please login to Taleo Learn using your UTSW credentials and search for the trainings below.
Inclusive Team-building Part 1 & 2 (90 minutes each session)
Diversity for All Staff (4 hours)
Affirming Gender Identity and Expression in the Workplace (90 minutes)
Enroll while seats are available!
In Case You Missed It!
On Oct. 12th, UT Southwestern held a virtual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with the theme of “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.” The centerpiece of the event was a panel discussion moderated by Ruben Esquivel, Vice President for Community and Corporate Relations. The event also and featured community leaders: Dr. Elba Garcia, D.D.S., Dallas County Commissioner; Monica Lira Bravo, J.D., Chair, Dallas College Board of Trustees and UT Southwestern’s own Juan Guerra, Vice President for Facilities Management.

Annie Guardado, Research Study Coordinator and Hispanic-Latino BRG member, lent her vocal talent to the program with a stirring rendition of the traditional Mexican bolero entitled, “Sabor a Mi” (“Taste of Me”) by Alvaro Carrillo. The audience also was treated to a reading by Scheduling Capacity Analyst and Hispanic-Latino BRG member Jackie Sifuentes of the Gabriela Mistral poem “Dame La Mano” (“Give Me Your Hand”).
Diversity Week 2021 - A Recap
National Diversity Week was founded in 1998, in order to raise awareness about the diversity which 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 utilized Diversity Week to showcase UT Southwestern’s six Business Resource Groups (BRGs). Our BRGs are instrumental in creating a sense of belonging and provide essential professional development resources for their members.

Each program last week was designed to give you a glimpse of the many programmatic offerings and leadership development opportunities that our BRGs offer.
Our 2021 Diversity Week in Review:

Tuesday: Virtual Open House I

  • The Division of D&I partnered with the Business Resource Group Talent Acquisition Partners for a career conversation and strategies to navigate the bias trap. The video replay is available in case you missed the conversation. Click here to view the replay.

Thursday: Virtual Open House II

  • We closed out the week with a Fireside Chat featuring Dr. Marc Nivet and moderated by Daffodil Baez on the topic of “Success Through Inclusion: How Leaders Can Help Organizations Thrive.” Click to view the replay.
Tribute to Veterans Celebration - Nov. 12
In celebration of Veterans and Military Families Month and honoring Veterans Day, UT Southwestern will be honoring active and retired military faculty, employees, and students in its seventh annual Tribute to Veterans Celebration on Thursday, November 11, 2021 from 12 to 1 PM.

The event will feature remarks from President Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky; a keynote from Retired Army Aviation Colonel Matt R. Weinshel - a 26-year army veteran with 15 combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and experiences of worldwide military deployment; and a moderated Q&A and closing remarks by Chris Rubio, Associate VP and Chief Operating Officer for University Hospital and Executive Sponsor of the Veterans BRG. The event will also feature the Presentation of Colors and the United States Armed Forces Medley. Registration is required to attend.
Leadership Resources
As a feature of our Business Resource Group Mentorship Program, Leadership Circles provide opportunities for leaders to learn new skills as well as hone existing ones to become better leaders for their teams! Below, we have provided a few of the resource guides from recent Leadership Circles.
Courage Conversations: This guide provides resources on how to have positive conversations with your colleagues on tough topics like race, gender etc.
Finding Your Superpower: This resource guide provides some great resources on how to leverage your strengths in the workplace and define your "it" factor.
Emotional Intelligence: Want to know more about Emotional Intelligence? This guide can help you strengthen your leadership skills by sharpening your "EQ".
In addition, if you have not done so already, please join one or more of our Business Resource Groups to remain in the know about applying for the FY2022 Business Resource Group Mentorship Program in January 2022.
Your Partners in Practice
Join our Microsoft Teams Group!
We recognize that there has been an uptick across campus with a variety of committees and task forces within our employee population.

Our Division is encouraging all who have a role in staff Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committees as well as task forces to contact us and other members of task forces and committees via Microsoft Teams.

We'd love to have you connect with us and with other employees on campus doing this work.