Past Events

2020 Events

Virtual Diversity and Ethnic Relations Coffee Hour
July 2020
Featuring Funlola Are, Ph.D., a Postdoctoral Fellow who works in the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. This meeting focused on reactions to current events, including how we talk to children about race, race-related violence, and engaging in racial socialization practices.

Creating Your Personal Leadership Development Plan|
February 2020 - Post-Doc
(visiting) Alicia Lopez Floyd, MSPM, MBA, Boeing HR Leadership Next Program Manager
This workshop focused on how to chart your own leadership development plans and steps you can take in order to become an effective leader 

Diversity and Ethnic Relations Coffee Hour
March 2020 - DERC
Felesia Bowen, Ph.D., DNP, APRN, FAAN, Director of Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor, College of Nursing 

2019 Events

Eminent Scholar: Responses to Altered Telomere Maintenance and Regulation: from Basic Science to Human Health
February 2019

(visiting) Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D. 

Diversity and Ethnic Relations Coffee Hour
March 2019 - DERC
Darrick Paul, MHA, MBA, SPHR, MUSC Chief People Officer, Interim Director of the Center for Health Disparities Research, Community Liaison for the Mother Emanuel Community Resiliency Project, Co-Investigator of the Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center

Diversity and Ethnic Relations Coffee Hour
May 2019 - DERC

Gayenell Magwood, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Professor, College of Nursing, Academic Focus in Community Based Participatory Research and Community Engagement, Cardiometabolic Risk and Prevention, and Health Equity; Health Disparities; Biobehvioral Research

Time Management Strategies for Managing Multiple Priorities
June 2019

(visiting) Susan R. Johnson, M.D., MS

Strategic Networking and Self Branding
June 2019 Post-Doc

(visiting) Alicia Lopez Floyd, MSPM, MBA, Boeing HR Leadership Next Program Manager 

Girls Day Out
July 2019

Girls’ Day Out (GDO) is designed to inspire, educate and attract girls to pursue STEM careers. GDO provides opportunities for participation in hands-on STEM activities from a diverse spectrum of STEM organizations. STEM professionals from businesses and organizations throughout the low country present interactive activities that bring excitement and STEM relevance to many of the tools that are used in their daily occupations. The professionals take the time to share with the girls how they can have meaningful careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Parents will also be afforded the opportunity to hear from colleges and universities about the requirements for their students to be accepted in these educational institutions. #STEMlikeagirl

Resident and Fellows Workshop
July 2019 - Resident/Fellows

  • “Women in Leadership- Where Are They?” with Diann Krywko, M.D., Professor, Emergency Medicine
    An introduction to the current state of women in leadership and the importance of women in leadership roles. 
  • “Time’s Up: #MeToo in Medicine” with Rebecca Wineland, M.D., Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Changing the culture of sexual harassment for the next generation
  • “Innovation in Medicine” with Christine Holmstedt, DO, Associate Professor, Neurology
    Setting yourself apart through innovative clinical care delivery
  • “Personal and Professional Branding: Another look at the Elevator Speech” with Heather Woolwine, MA, Director, Public Affairs & Media Relations, Communications & Marketing
    Defining your personal and professional brand is your responsibility. If you don’t do it, you’re leaving your brand—and your value—to be defined by everyone else. Join us for a brief discussion on first impressions and nonverbal behaviors, how to craft key messages and ways to cut through the clutter whether communicating in person or online.
  • “Finding Joy in Networking and Collaboration” with Diane Kamen, M.D., MSCR, Associate Professor, Rheumatology & Immunology
    We will explore ways to build your academic network, to help advance your career and lead to more fruitful (and joyful) collaborations.

Negotiation Tips, Skills, and Strategies to Use at Every Stage of Your Career
September 2019
(visiting) Dr. Jennifer Woodward, Vice Chancellor for Research Operations and Professor of Surgery and Immunology, University of Pittsburgh

Postdoc Informal Mentoring Session: Core Facilities Resources & Training Available to You
September 2019 - Post-Doc
Chris Davies, Ph.D., Professor, COM, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 

Girl's Fest North Charleston by Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina
October 2019 

#STEMlikeagirl

Diversity and Ethnic Relations Coffee Hour
October 2019 - DERC

Tom Smith, Ph.D., Chair of the Academic Affairs Faculty, Executive Director, Center for Academic Excellence and The Writing Center (CAE) 

Managing Up, Down, and Sideways for a Successful Career
November 2019 - Workshop

  • Kevin Gray, M.D., Assistant Provost for Research Advancement and Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
  • Christopher Cowan, Ph.D., Chair and Professor, Dept. of Neuroscience
  • Loretta Lynch-Reichert, MS, Director, Office of Strategic Initiatives and Policy Management
  • Teresa Kelechi, RN, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research and Professor in College of Nursing
  • Heather Shaw Bonilha, Ph.D., Director, Doctor of Philosophy in Health and Rehabilitation Science and Associate Professor, Dept. of Health Sciences & Research
  • Multidirectional managing: what does managing up, down, and sideways mean?
  • Why is multidirectional managing necessary for success?
  • Learn essential strategies for multidirectional managing.
  • Identify your management biases, strengths, and weaknesses...

…and learn how to strike the right balance.

Riverdogs Community Outreach
July 2019

#STEMlikeagirl

Diversity and Ethnic Relations Coffee Hour
January 2018 - DERC

Sabra Slaughter, Ph.D., Interim Director of the Center for Health Disparities Research, Community Liaison for the Mother Emanuel Community Resiliency Project, Co-Investigator of the Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center 

Work Life Integration: Circumstances and Considerations
April 2018 - Workshop

  • Constance Guille, M.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
  • Christine Kern, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Regenerative Medicine & Cell Biology
  • Amanda LaRue, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  • James McElligott, M.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics
  • Lynn Schnapp, M.D., Professor, Dept. of Medicine
  • Dee Crawford, HR Manager, Recruitment, Benefits & Records Learn strategies for developing resilience for a successful career. 

Strategic Networking for Professional Success
May 2018

(visiting) Dr. Jennifer Woodward, Associate Vice Provost for Research Operations, University of Pittsburgh 

Tailor Your Talk: Communicating Across Temperaments
June 2018

Elisha Brownfield, M.D., Strategic Leadership Development Director

  • Understand basics of all the PACE temperament style preference types
  • Utilize practical tips for communicating with people from different styles
  • Discover your temperament style using the PACE Palette
  • Implement what you learn in an interactive session 

Career Paths and Entrepreneurship
November 2018 - Post-Doc
Jessie Goodwin

Lessons Learned from the National AAMC Seminar
December 2018

  • Moderator: Elisha Brownfield, M.D., Strategic Leadership Development Director
  • Libby Infinger, M.D., MPH, Assistant Professor, COM, Department of Neurosurgery
  • Cristina Lopez, Ph.D., Associate Professor, CON & COM Mental Health Disparities & Diversity Program, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Erin McClure, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, COM, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Dayan Ranwala, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, COM, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 

ARROW #STEMlikeagirl presents experiment at the College of Charleston Girls Day Out
July 2018 

Girls’ Day Out (GDO) is designed to inspire, educate and attract girls to pursue STEM careers. GDO provides opportunities for participation in hands-on STEM activities from a diverse spectrum of STEM organizations. STEM professionals from businesses and organizations throughout the low country present interactive activities that bring excitement and STEM relevance to many of the tools that are used in their daily occupations. The professionals take the time to share with the girls how they can have meaningful careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Parents will also be afforded the opportunity to hear from colleges and universities about the requirements for their students to be accepted in these educational institutions.  #STEMlikeagirl

2018 Events

Leadership isn't a magical gift but a set of skills that you can acquire and practice. It may come more easily to some than to others, but it's within reach of all of us. You just have to want it, be willing to work and dare to take a risk. One of the top suggestions for those aspiring to a leadership position is to become a great communicator. All are welcome to attend an upcoming workshop, “Tailor Your Talk: Communicating Across Temperaments”, presented by Elisha Brownfield, M.D., Strategic Leadership Development Director for MUSC. Workshop topics include: Discovering your temperament style using the PACE Palette, understanding basics of all the PACE temperament style preference types, utilizing practical tips for communicating with people from different styles, and implementing what you learn in an interactive session. The workshop will be held Friday, June 1, 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Bioengineering 112.

All are welcome to attend the Diversity & Ethnic Relations Committee "Coffee Hour" featuring Ebony Hilton, M.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine and recipient of the 2018 Earl B. Higgins Achievement in Diversity Award on Tuesday, June 19, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the College of Nursing, room 413.

Mentors and the process of mentoring are well established in the culture of academic medicine and are in fact critical to career advancement. However, despite decades of mentoring, women have not achieved equity as leaders or as professors. A program that has gained traction in the corporate world is less well known or acknowledged in academic medicine, is sponsorship. Sponsorship is not meant to replace mentorship, there are common areas, but sponsorship is distinct from mentorship in key areas. All are welcome to attend an upcoming workshop, “A Sponsor or a Mentor? You Need Both.” presented by Elizabeth L. Travis Ph.D., FASTRO, Associate Vice President, Women Faculty Programs, Mattie Allen Fair Professor in Cancer Research, and Professor in the Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. This session will focus on understanding the key differences between mentors and sponsors, how mentees differ from protégés, how you identify and find a sponsor (or do they find you), how to attract a sponsor, and understand the benefits to sponsors. The format will be a workshop with both didactics and table conversations and report out from each table. Attendees will leave with their own personal “protégé” road map “sponsor” road map. The workshop will be held Monday, June 18, 9 to 11 a.m. in Bioengineering 112.

Work Life Integration: Circumstances & Considerations

The Women Scholars Initiative and Center for ARROWS invites faculty to an upcoming workshop focused on learning strategies for developing resilience for a successful career.

The workshop will be held Monday, April 23, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., in HCC 120.

2017 Events

Negotiating in Academic Medicine & Health Sciences: Practical Tips & Strategies for Success

Join us to learn negotiation tactics and for an opportunity for individual consulting with Dr. Jennifer Woodward. Individual sessions will be in the afternoon and restricted to attendees of the morning workshop.

Thursday, June 22 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Open to all faculty and Post-Doctoral Fellows

Women Scholars Initiative Advancement of Women Award

Interim Provost Lisa Saladin has been named the recipient of the 2016 Women Scholars Initiative Advancement of Women Award. All are invited to attend a reception honoring Dr. Saladin on January 17 at 4 p.m. in Colcock Hall.

Diversity & Ethnic Relations Committee "Coffee Hour" Featuring

Chief Diversity Officer and Executive Director of Community Health Innovation, Anton Gunn

Thursday, February 9, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Clinical Science Building - Room 910
Sponsored by the WSI and Center for ARROWS Diversity & Ethnic Relations Committee

The Women Scholars Initiative at MUSC is pleased to honor Dr. Nancy Hopkins, Professor Emeritus at MIT, with the 2017 Eminent Scholar Award. Please join us for her award presentation and guest lecture on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 11 a.m. in Hollings Cancer Center, room 120

Dr. Hopkins has focused her career on cancer research for 40 years, identifying tumor heterogeneity associated with treatment resistance, developing methods of insertional mutagenesis on zebrafish, and isolating greater than 550 developmental mutations with human analogs. She is a member of the National Academy of Science Health and Medicine Division (previously the Institute of Medicine), a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and previous winner of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Margaret L. Kripke Award. In addition, she has been extensively involved in equalizing the status of women faculty and is credited with launching a national re-examination of gender bias in academia, making her an ideal recipient of this award celebrating exceptional women scholars.

2017 Grantsmanship Workshops

Writing Successful Grants
March 28 — 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Building the NIH Grant Proposal
March 28 — 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Career Development Grants for Pre- & Postdocs
March 29 — 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Bioengineering Building Auditorium - Room 110

Diversity & Ethnic Relations Committee "Coffee Hour" Featuring Associate Director of Cancer Disparities at Hollings Cancer Center, Marvella Ford, Ph.D.

Monday, December 12, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Bioengineering Building/Graduate Studies Office - Room 101
Sponsored by the WSI and Center for ARROWS Diversity & Ethnic Relations Committee

The Women Scholars Initiative, the College of Medicine Center for ARROWS, and the Department of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion present “Strategies for Addressing Biases & Barriers in Advancing from Postdoc to STEM Leadership” on Friday, December 16th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in BEB 112.

Attendance counts towards the required Diversity & Inclusion training.

Join Dr. Elizabeth Travis, Associate Vice President, Women Faculty Programs, Mattie Allen Fair Professor in Cancer Research, and Professor in the Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Cynthia Simpson, Chief Business Development Officer, Association for Women in Science, in this interactive presentation. Discussions will focus on the biases and barriers which exist in STEM, the strategies that are needed to address and overcome these issues, and the tools and techniques that can be utilized for sustained career success.

"Coffee Hour" Featuring Chair of the Department of Comparative Medicine & Director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Resources, Suzanne Craig, DVM

Thursday, October 27, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Sponsored by the WSI and Center for ARROWS Diversity & Ethnic Relations Committee

What exactly is “good” work-life balance?
Is it reasonable to keep work and life separate when so much of our life is spent at work?

Come hear Dr. Tessie October—pediatric critical care physician and mother—discuss how she has infused life into her work and participate in a discussion about this important topic.

Presented by The Center for ARROWS and the Department of Pediatrics on Friday, October 14 at 12 p.m. in Strom Thurmond/Gazes Auditorium

"Coffee Hour" Featuring Director of Libraries, Shannon Jones, MLS, M.Ed., AHIP

Tuesday, July 19, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Sponsored by the WSI and Center for ARROWS Diversity & Ethnic Relations Committee

"From Bench to Man – Getting Your Science From 'Here' to ‘There’"

Tuesday, June 28, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Speakers will cover topics spanning moving your bench research to first in man trials. Topics include:

  • What separates a scientific finding from an invention?
  • You have an invention, and now what? Understanding the drug development pathway.
  • What is required for IND approval trial and phase I trial?

Participate in one-on-one Q/A with the speakers and a panel of development experts after the talks.

Negotiating Your Way to a Satisfying Career in Academic Medicine"

Friday, June 24, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Drug Discovery Building

SCTR, in partnership with ARROWS and the Women’s Scholars Initiative, will host the Annual Mentorship Training Symposium. The symposium will feature keynote speaker Jennifer Woodward, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost for Research Operations at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as breakout sessions for women scholars, researchers, and clinician-educators.

"Coffee Hour" Featuring Associate Provost for Education & Student Life & Chair of WSI, Dr. Darlene Shaw

Wednesday, May 25, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Colcock Hall Boardroom
Sponsored by the WSI and ARROWS Diversity & Ethnic Relations Committee

“How Industry Views Your Medical Device Innovation” & Networking Lunch

Friday, May 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Basic Science Building - Room 355

Learn from a medical device industry expert about the factors that industry considers when evaluating your innovation and how those factors shape technology development. With Speaker Craig Meyerson.

Join in the Discussion to Promote a More Family Friendly Workplace"

Thursday, April 28, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Bioengineering Building - Room 112

Join us for a panel and group discussion on:

  • Gathering momentum to prioritize childcare on campus
  • Advocacy for paid parental leave
  • Update on expansion of breast pumping facilities

Open participation and feedback encouraged. Networking reception to follow.

"Barriers & Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership"
Wednesday, March 30, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
W. Stewart Smith Auditorium (ART building first floor auditorium)

This report explores the question of why men still vastly outnumber women in leadership positions. It will also provide recommendations for individuals and those in the education, corporate, and political sectors to contribute to an environment in which gender is no longer a barrier to leadership.

"How to Avoid the Superwoman Complex: 12 Ways to Balance Mind, Body & Spirit"

featuring MUSC COM alumna, Dr. C. Nicole Swiner

Friday, March 25, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Bioengineering Building, Room 110

Hosted by: College of Medicine Center for ARROWS, MUSC Women Scholars Initiative, & the University Chief Diversity Office

"Coffee Hour" Featuring MUSC President, Dr. David Cole

Monday, March 21, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Sponsored by the WSI and ARROWS Diversity & Ethnic Relations Committee

"Navigating the Pathway to Leadership"

With speaker Kevin Grigsby MSW, DSW - Senior Director, Member Organizational Development, AAMC
Wednesday, March 16, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Bioengineering Building Room 112
All faculty, students, and staff welcome - Reception to follow
Co-sponsored by Associate Director Deans for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development 

"What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know"

Friday, March 4, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Colbert Library Room 118
Co-sponsored by the MUSC Foundation for Research Development

"From Bench to Man – Getting Your Science from 'Here' to ‘There’"

Tuesday, June 28, 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Speakers will cover topics spanning moving your bench research to first in man trials. Topics include:

  • What separates a scientific finding from an invention?
  • You have an invention, and now what? Understanding the drug development pathway.
  • What is required for IND approval trial and phase I trial?

Participate in one-on-one Q/A with the speakers and a panel of development experts after the talks.

2016 Events

Speaking Up to Bias: Bystander Intervention & Bias

Tuesday, May 16th – Basic Science, Room 355 – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Attendance counts towards the required Diversity & Inclusion training

Ever wondered “Why didn’t I say something?” after witnessing social bias—a stereotype, a prejudice or discrimination—that happened in your everyday life? You’re not alone. Research suggests that people typically want to say or do something when bias occurs, but in the end most opt not to respond. Deciding whether and how to respond to bias is complicated. Understanding what motivates us to speak up, the challenges we face when doing so, and strategies for effective responding can help bystanders to bias better evaluate their options and select effective strategies.

This interactive presentation by Dr. Stephanie A. Goodwin, Director for Faculty Development & Leadership at Wright State University, will invite attendees to learn about bystander reactions to social biases and how these reactions can help or hinder decisions to speak up. Attendees will apply these concepts to everyday incidents of bias in academia, identifying concrete strategies for interrupting bias across academic workplace, classroom, and social settings.

Sponsored by Women Scholars Initiative, COM Center for Advancement, Recruitment, and Retention of Women in Science (ARROWS) and the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion