2020 Western Regional Iverson Bell Summit

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During the live "learning lab" components of the conference, participants will have the opportunity to take what they have learned during the presentations and put it into action. Along with being able to submit questions to the speakers, participants will be given prompts and scenarios to work through within a small group setting. 

Friday, October 23, 2020: ACCESS

Access: Unbiased, equal opportunity to take full advantage of education through the removal of institutional barriers.

8:00 AM PTWelcome and Opening Remarks
Dean of WSU CVM
8:30 AM PT

The Complexity of Identity: Intersectionality in Veterinary Medicine
By Lisa Greenhill, MPA, EdD
This talk will explore the concept of intersectionality, the complexity of identity and how they shape our engagement in and with the veterinary profession. Because of the emphasis on animals, the veterinary profession often expects professionals to relegate aspects of personal identity that seem irrelevant to practice. This talk will emphasize the ways in which identity enhances the work of veterinarians across practice type.  

9:50 AM - 10:10 AM PTBREAK
10:10 AM PT

Veterinary Mental Health Primer: Essential Tools for Challenging Times
By Jen Brandt, LISW-S, PhD
Are you familiar with the consequences of racism-induced trauma? Are you able to recognize signs of trauma in your colleagues?  Do you know general do’s and don’ts for being a helper to those who are distressed? What plan do you have in place for protecting your own mental health and seeking support for yourself or others when the need arises? Your mental health influences how you think, feel, and behave in daily life. It also affects your ability to cope with stress, overcome challenges, build relationships, and recover from life’s setbacks and hardships. Many of us don’t prioritize having frank conversations about the impact of racism, trauma and mental health, seeking connection, or engaging in intentional, consistent mental health promotion practices. Despite the serious subject matter, Dr. Jen Brandt addresses topics related to racism-induced trauma and mental health, and tools for helpers, with relatable examples, best practices, and a conversational approach to demystify the process of self-care and mental health for you, your family members, friends, and colleagues.

11:10 AM PTLearning Lab with Dr. Jen Brandt
1:00 PM PTWhy D&I in VetMed
By Christine Jenkins
This presentation will cover the business case for D & I in organizations and the relevance to the future of veterinary medicine. Strategic approaches to D & I will be covered with use of examples in veterinary organizations who proactively build inclusive cultures that leads to their success.
2:00 PM PT

Learning Lab with Dr. Christine Jenkins

2:50 PM - 3:10 PM PTBREAK
3:10 PM PT

Serving our Communities - Conscientious Admissions 
By Gretchen H. Delcambre, DVM, MS
This presentation will focus on admissions practices that serve our western communities by providing pathways into professional degree programs to candidates that reflect the communities from which they come and to which they will contribute. Although this talk will be focused on the admissions process, attendees will be asked to consider how curricula, cultural climate, and student support services are critical to the recruitment and retention of a culturally representative student body.

4:10 PM PTLearning Lab with Dr. Gretchen H. Delcambre

Saturday, October 24, 2020: ABILITY

Ability: And individual’s capacity, with or without accommodation, to reach a required level of skill.

8:00 AM PTCross-Cultural Considerations: Working with International Students in Medical Environments
By Kate Hellman, PhD
This presentation, using current research, will help participants more deeply consider how learning, behavior and other interactions are embedded in culture. It will allow for conversation as to how to utilize different cultures in medical classroom environments and other contexts by specifically highlighting strategies to use to engage diverse student populations.
9:00 AM PTIt's Systemic: Understanding and Combating Microaggressions
By Nicklaus McHendry 
This presentation will introduce the concept of microaggressions, examine how they operate to reinforce systemic inequality, power, and privilege, while having lasting impacts on individuals, and create awareness surrounding the common occurrences of microaggressions. After identifying how microaggressions manifest in everyday situations, we will explore the outcomes associated with the experience of microaggressions. Finally, we will provide participants with techniques to minimize the occurrence of microaggressions, ways to respond when someone has been microaggressive and help them put their knowledge into action by strategizing various ways to respond, challenge, or intervene when they witness or experience microaggressions in the future.
9:50 AM - 10:10 AM PTBREAK
10:10 AM PTMental Health Challenges in the Classroom:  Removing Barriers through Flexibility, Universal Design, and by Reducing Implicit Bias

By Meredyth Goodwin, Director, and Rochelle Dach, Asst. Director, WSU Access Center
The presenters will address the barriers that students with mental health challenges experience in the classroom and how to reduce or lessen these barriers to promote equal access to opportunity.  What does flexibility look like?  How can the curriculum be designed to promote universal learning?  The presenters will also talk about flexibility as it relates to the traditional manner in which veterinary medicine has been delivered.  How does this need for flexibility impact the attitude of tradition?  When exploring these questions, such implicit biases as shown in the following attitudes will be discussed: “The curriculum has always been taught this way. Can these students be successful veterinarians?” The presenters will also explore when flexibility may become unreasonable.  Experiential activities and case studies will be offered and discussed.

11:10 AM PTLGBTQI+ 101
By Matthew Jefferies, PhD
This training is designed to give the participant an introduction to issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning individuals. The training is interspersed with short video clips to illustrate specific concepts and also includes several activities that provide the participants with opportunities to reflect on new concepts and vocabulary.
1:00 PM PT

Learning Lab with Dr. Kate Hellman

2:00 PM PTLearning Lab with Nicklaus McHendry 
2:50 PM - 3:10 PM PTBREAK
3:10 PM PTLearning Lab with Meredyth Goodwin and Rochelle Dach
4:10 PM PTLearning Lab with Wellness Team (LGBTQ+ 101)



Sunday, October 25, 2020: ALLYSHIP

Allyship: The active practice of a person of privilege to come alongside a marginalized person or group and promote a culture of inclusion. 

8:00 AM PTDiversity, Equity & Inclusion: The Student Perspective 
By Student Panel
9:00 AM PTPre-Vet Advising & Access
By Becky Jewell, M.A.
This presentation will discuss how pre-vet advising focuses on critical skills development such as gaining quality experiences, recording experiences, application assistance, and mock interview skills. Using student examples, this talk will explore how pre-vet specific advising provides access to many resources and opportunities that can better prepare diverse students for the application process.   
9:50 AM - 10:10 AM PTBREAK
10:10 AM PTRound-tables: Becoming an Effective Ally in Veterinary Medicine
11:10 AM PTClosing Remarks

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