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Diversity Training Series

Saint Louis University School of Medicine endeavors to be a national leader in diversity, equity and inclusion. As part of that process, we are providing a series of diversity and inclusion trainings that consist of four one-hour sessions.  

Each session is designed to provide a greater understanding of what diversity means, how to define it, what aspects of diversity affect us (i.e. biases and prejudices), how it manifests in our day-to-day thoughts and actions, how to recognize it, and how to mitigate it.

The goal is to use education, firsthand experiences and highly interactive exercises to shift the Saint Louis University School of Medicine culture from a place of passive awareness to a place of active allyship, where everyone takes ownership for facilitating a warm, welcoming and supportive environment for people of all backgrounds. 

Registration for scheduled training sessions will be available on our website or in Skillsoft. If you would like to schedule a training session for your department, please fill out the request form.

Diversity 1.0 (Awareness): Examining Culture

The goal of this interactive training is to provide participants with a basic awareness of cultural diversity and to explore how culture influences the workplace, campus and clinical care environment at SLU SOM.  

Facilitators provide research and data that build a case for why all on campus should support diversity and inclusion initiatives.  The word “diversity” and “inclusion” are defined and the differences between the two are addressed.   

Data supports the SLU SOM mission which now includes the words – diversity and inclusion. Facilitators also provide data that addresses behaviors around exclusion of others on campus (which happens in a variety of ways) and the understanding that every individual sees the world through their unique lens provided by their unique circle of family, friends, community and society in which they have and/or currently reside.  These concepts are illuminated by interactive exercises. 

Instructional mode: Lecture, group discussion and interactive role play.  

Learning objectives: This 60-minute session will result in participants having a heightened awareness of how diversity impacts the workplace and their role in creating a welcoming space for all people. 

Scheduled sessions to be announced.

Diversity 2.0 (Understanding): Examining Unconscious Bias 

The goal of this interactive training is to highlight the concept of unconscious bias and how it influences individuals on the medical school campus and in the clinical care environment. 

Facilitators provide research and data that demonstrate how unconscious bias is something that every individual holds.  It is inescapable. Consider this: Less than 15 percent of American men are over six-foot-tall, yet almost 60 percent of corporate Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) are over six-feet tall. (Malcolm Gladwell discusses this phenomenon in his book, Blink, based on research conducted by Timothy Judge and Daniel Cable). Why does this happen? Clearly corporate boards of directors do not, when conducting a CEO search, send out a message to "get us a tall guy," and yet the numbers speak for themselves. 

Utilizing a video clip from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) regarding unconscious bias, participants can see a clear example of how it happens.   

Instructional mode: Lecture, video presentation, group discussion and interactive role play.  

Learning objectives: Participants are expected to exit the training with an understanding of how unconscious bias plays out in one’s personal and professional life and how it can be mitigated. Participants will be encouraged to engaging in self-reflection, individuation, direct contact and working together on teams.  
This 60-minute session will result in participants articulating a commitment to the school of medicine’s diversity and inclusion mission.  

Scheduled sessions to be announced.

Diversity 3.0 (Commitment): Examining the SLU SOM Environment

The goal of this interactive training is to facilitate the participant's articulation of commitment to develop an educational, work and clinical care environment that acknowledges, welcomes and supports a multitude of cultures.  

Facilitators provide research and data that continues to build the case for peak performance requiring diversity and inclusion.  Facilitators will provide experiential exercises that continue to lean into new learning about unpacking bias and stepping into the shoes of others who are different to increase understanding and break down barriers across difference.  

Instructional mode: Lecture, video presentation, group discussion and interactive role play.  

Learning objectives: Participants are expected to exit the training with an understanding of how micro-aggressions and other actions that undermine the SLU SOM mission can be addressed in a way that does not cause blame or guilt. Participants will have an opportunity to practice "speaking up" by using specific techniques.  

Scheduled sessions to be announced.

Diversity 4.0 (Action): Facilitating Diversity  

The goal of this interactive training is to provide participants with a plan of action for facilitating diversity and inclusion throughout the school of medicine.  

Facilitators will provide research and data that supports the AAMC findings related to diversity and inclusion. Through use of a video, participants will engage in discussion about personal responsibility to affect positive change on campus and in the community. Participants will engage in an activity that promotes development of an action plan that can be implemented on a personal level as well as through teamwork.   

Instructional mode: Lecture, video presentation, group discussion and interactive role play.  

Learning objectives: Participants are expected to exit the training with a strong skill set and personal plan to be proactive in combating bias and prejudicial statement or behaviors made on campus. Participants will have team building language that empowers them to speak up and speak out when words or behaviors are not in alignment with the mission statement of the school of medicine and the larger campus.                   

This 60-minute session will result in participants shifting their perceptions to empathize with people who come from backgrounds other than their own and deepen their understanding of the phenomena that occur when cultures come into contact.

Scheduled sessions to be announced.

Building Inclusive Communities – Capstone  

Speaking to Diversity:  Fundamental Diversity Education will be achieved after completing levels 1.0 through 4.0.  The next level of training, offered as a six-hour "Building Inclusive Communities," will provide the fundamental knowledge base for entering discussions with greater comfort and understanding of the opinions and differences of others. 

Training Approach: 

  • Set up specific group training within each department as requested 
  • Hold general sessions open to the school 

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