Academic Affairs Faculty Video Series on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In 2020, MUSC released its institution-wide goal to “Become the preeminent model for inclusion and equity, setting a national standard among academic health systems.” And MUSC’s Academic Affairs Faculty members are committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the ways our roles allow and suggest. So, in collaboration with the MUSC Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I), we have decided to speak up for committing to DE&I through a series of videos that span all MUSC’s missions.

The decision by our faculty to share individually grew out of the tragedy of George Floyd’s murder in the Summer of 2020. Afterward, many felt helpless to contribute in a way that would matter but nevertheless wanted to do something…anything…to speak up in support of implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion principles across campus. The videos below are offered humbly, not to suggest we have final answers to the large questions raised by 2020’s tragedy. They are meant to let you know that we’re trying--that’s all--in our separate workplaces and with our separate responsibilities to pull and push in the right direction.

The videos are also available on MyQuest. Viewing them on that platform will provide a means to earn credit toward annual training on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Consistent with the goals expressed in the OneMUSC Strategic Plan, all members of AAF and the MUSC community are invited to contact us and set up a time to add their voices to ours through additional videos. One of the AAF Faculty will interview you about your experiences to create a video that builds on the reflections below, professionally produced by a member of the Instructional Technology and Faculty Resources team.

Thank you for your engagement in this important dialogue and we look forward to expanding the conversation through your contributions.

 

Special Thanks

Special thanks to the Academic Affairs Faulty Advancement Committee for its dedication to the dialogue facilitated by this video series. The work was conceived and directed by:

Jonathan Coultas, Ragan DuBose-Morris, Brooke Fox, Erick Lemon, Casey O’Neil, Ben Reynolds, and Thomas Smith.

An additional note of thanks is extended to DaNine Fleming and Ronnie Chatterjee from the Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for their strategic guidance in all aspects of content creation.

Finally, the Committee wishes to thank Shannon Jones and Dante Pelzer for sharing their gifts of experience and perspective.

This series is dedicated to the faculty, staff, students and patients of the Medical University of South Carolina.