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.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Education and Learning WeekMLK poster

"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.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Equity Lecture


troutmanThe Martin Luther King Health Equity 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


Health Equity Film Series

HEFSfinalThe 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
  • Soul Food Junkie
  • Wonder Women: The Untold Stories of American Heroines
  • The Waiting Room

Conversation Dinners

conversationtagConversation 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

trainingFamily 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.


givesadollarUVM Gives a Dollar

A collection to reach out to those in need in our community in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every dollar raised will be invested evenly in the work of Women Helping Battered Women, The Ronald McDonald House, and the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. The goal is to see everyone in the UVM community participate by giving a dollar.


MAPSStudent National Medical Association (SNMA) and Minority Association of Premedical Students (MAPS) Mixer and Social Hour


The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians. SNMA at UVM is directly involved with mentoring pre-medical students through the Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (MAPS), while the national chapter has programs that focus on youth science enrichment and medicine exposure programs.