Events and Celebrations

From internationally-known guest lecturers and curricular-related workshops, to films and community celebrations, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion sponsors a number of diversity-related events that support our mission. These events further the dialogue on diversity and inclusion and are meant to inform and inspire.

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The Vito Imbasciani, Ph.D., M.D.'85 and George DiSalvo LGBTQ Health Equity Lecture

This lectureship, launched in 2014 with a generous gift from medical alumnus Vito Imbasciani, Ph.D., M.D.'85 and his spouse, George DiSalvo, aims to bring experts to the College of Medicine who address topics that prepare future physicians for providing competent medical care and prevention services that are specific to LGBTQ populations.

Past Lectures:

  • 2018: Rachel Inker, M.D., Lead Provider, Community Health Centers of Burlington Transgender Health Clinic, "Trans Health in Vermont: Providing Trans Affirmative Healthcare in a Small Rural State"
  • 2017: Henry Ng, M.D., Chair of the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, MetroHealth Medical Center, and past chair, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, "Incorporating Transgender Care into Everyday Primary Care"
  •  2016: Harvey Makadon, M.D., Director, Education & Training Programs, The Fenway Institute, "Achieving Health Equity for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patients"
  • 2015: A. Evan Eyler, M.D., M.P.H., UVM Associate Professor of Psychiatry, "Half Way Home: LGBT Health in 2015"
  • 2014: Vito Imbasciani, Ph.D., M.D.'85, "It's a Rainbow World: Caring for a Diverse Population"

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Education, and Learning Week

UVM Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Education and Learning Week

"Of all the Forms of Inequality, Injustice in Healthcare is the Most Shocking and Inhumane."

Each January, the University of Vermont celebrates the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who once noted the injustice of a lack of access to healthcare and health disparities that exist for many members of our society--locally, nationally and globally.

Annual events include a community fundraiser, the annual Public Health Poster Celebration that showcases the work of our 2nd year medical students; a student-led community service activity, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Equity Lecture.

Larner College of Medicine Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Equity Lecture

Since 2014, the Martin Luther King Health Equity Lecture has brought nationally known clinicians, scientists and scholars to inform our community on topics related to health equity. The lecture follows the College's annual Public Health Projects Poster Session and Celebration, which showcases the community service work of second-year medical students.

Past Lectures

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Health Equity Film Series

The Health Equity Film Series is an opportunity to explore different health topics and issues through the media of film. Each film screening is followed by a discussion to further explore the film's topic, and bring the campus and local community together.

Past Films
  • Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?
  • More Than a Month
  • Two Spirits
  • You're Looking At Me Like I Live Here And I Don't
  • Fire in the Blood
  • Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
  • Wonder Women: The Untold Stories of American Heroines
  • The Waiting Room

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Conversation Dinners

Conversation Dinners have been used throughout the world, from China to Rwanda, to bring the communities together. Over a delicious meal, participants go beyond the usual small talk to share their thoughts and opinions on topics that affect all of us.

Past Topics
  • Physician Spirituality in Medicine
  • Privileged Identities in Medicine

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Family Medicine Cultural Awareness Workshop

The Cultural Awareness Workshop is an annual half-day conference organized and co-sponsored with the Department of Family Medicine. The symposium is designed to introduce health care students and professionals to the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide competent, comprehensive, and sensitive care to individuals from various backgrounds.