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The Social Medicine Forum takes place intermittently during the academic year as a venue to discuss ongoing research in the Department and to share ideas about contemporary topics of interest.  Dates and times of Social Medicine Forums are announced via email to all members of the Department. Forums are intended primarily for intra-departmental discussions; all members of the Department are invited to attend and present. The forums need not be formal research presentations and can instead be facilitated dialogues or works in progress.

UNC’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion provides information on a wide variety of DEI-related trainings. These include trainings for faculty and staff who wish to learn more about the military-affiliated student experience, allyship for persons who have experienced interpersonal or sexual violence, allyship for students who are undocumented, and mental health first aid. In collaboration with the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research, the Odum Institute has also created a certificate program to foster a new standard of inclusion, sensitivity, and intentionality in the UNC research community.

The UNC School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has created a DEI Certificate Program to foster an inclusive workplace environment. The program’s curriculum offers workshops and trainings designed to broaden awareness about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion topics among the SOM faculty/staff and deepen engagement with and between individuals in the SOM at all levels – from patients to leadership. The workshops offered as part of the certificate program address a broad array of DEI topics, including those related to race and ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, culture and religion, socioeconomic status, and more.  Furthermore, the SOM Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers several programs and initiatives to promote the education and training of diverse students and professionals from K-12 students to undergraduates, medical students, doctoral students, residents, post-doctoral fellows, junior faculty, and staff.

Additionally, the UNC Chapel Hill LGBT Center offers Safe Zone training throughout the year. The Safe Zone program is designed to create a network of visible allies to people who identify as part of the LGBTIQA+ campus community. These trainings provide information and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.