In these unprecedented times of COVID-19, what role can leaders in strategic planning, space planning, and workforce development have in fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)? Institutional budgets and priorities are shifting; so keeping DEI efforts front and center has never been more important. Many institutional leaders have survived the current crises by staying nimble and responsive and are now turning their sights toward getting the institution back on track in 2021.
With this pivot toward the future, there is a great risk of backsliding on the gains focused DEI efforts have achieved over the past few decades. With institutional priorities unclear, space, financial, and workforce decisions are being made based on the bottom line - which is understandable, but can also open up the institution to recreating and redoubling biases that have taken years to correct. Through the perspectives of a space planning, strategic planning, and faculty affairs leader, this session on February 23, 2021 created dialogue around how institutions can avoid losing ground on the DEI progress they had made to date in light of the pandemic's challenges and aftermath.
- Understand the business case and value of continuing to invest in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
- Integrate DEI into their roles as space, strategic, or HR professionals.
- Think creatively about how to foster equity-minded institutions through their operational, administrative, and/or finance leadership roles.
Amy S. Gottlieb, MD, FACP, Chief Faculty Development Officer, Baystate Health, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Massachusetts Medical School - Baystate
Paul Spaulding, PLA, Senior Space Planner, University of Rochester Medical Center
Katy Stevenson, MPP, Program Administrator, Strategy, Planning, and Development, Office of the CEO and Dean, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry