PHHP Diversity Day a Great Success
On March 19, the College of Public Health and Health Professions hosted its first Diversity Day. The event featured a Distinguished Scholar Lecture by Dr. Donna Hubbard McCree, Associate Director for Health Equity, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP), National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. McCree gave a well-attended lecture entitled “Social Determinants of HIV-related Health Inequities in the United States” and then moderated a panel discussion on HIV/AIDS and Health Equity. Diversity Day also featured a panel discussion entitled “Fostering Inclusiveness in the Classroom” moderated by Dr. Allyson Hall, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy. Panelists included Dr. Amelia Dempere, Chair of the President’s Council on Diversity; Jim Gorske, Director of the Disability Resource Center; Lauren Hannahs, Director LGBT Affairs; and Chukwuemeka (Emeka) Okafor, doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology. The panelists engaged in a lively discussion around issues of inclusion in education. The event was capped with poster presentations from students, faculty and staff; information tables from organizations across campus that support diversity and inclusion efforts at UF; and a reception.