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The African American Health Equity Task Force presents

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Igniting Hope Conference

"Healing Historical Trauma From Racist Research, Policies and Practices"

August 13th & 14th, 2021

Igniting Hope is a community-based multidisciplinary conference focused on the goal of building a culture of health as the cornerstone of a plan to end health disparities among African Americans in Buffalo. 

Day 1: In person Walk of Healing from the African American Heritage Corridor to the Freedom Wall at E. Ferry & Michigan. This 2 mile walk will include music, dance and activities. This is a family event.

Day 2: Virtual Igniting Hope Conference
This year's conference highlights speakers Thomas A. LeVeist PhD., Heidi L. Gartland & Donald E. Grant PhD. who will frame past, present and future of historical trauma and the path forward for all people, organizations and businesses

Register Here

21-Day Racial Equity Challenge

The Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhacement is participating in the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge organized by United Way.  Join the challenge here and get involved talking abour race in the workplace and everywhere you can.

Reclaim the Bench Podcast

Megan Conrow-Graham and Jamal Williams with headphones in a radio studio.

Doctoral students Megan E. Conrow-Graham and Jamal B. Williams (Award of Excellence Recipients) have created a podcast that shines a spotlight on unsung heroes in science and medicine.

The theme of the podcast is a combination of science and social justice through storytelling. Don't miss it!

Reclaim the Bench here! 

Read the article in the Jacob's School News Section Podcast Focuses on Unsung Heroes in Science, Medicine

Also featured in WGRZ UB Students create podcast about overlooked medical history |

Our Mission

  • To coordinate efforts, implement policies, and develop programs to attract, integrate, and engage a diverse community of faculty, residents, students, staff and health care professionals
  • To promote diversity, inclusion, and to embrace cultural differences as a mean to achieve excellence
  • To enrich the learning environment
  • To strengthen the medical school’s ties to our communities
  • To improve health equity for all
  • To implement the Jacobs School Diversity Strategic Plan

"Diversity does not occur along with excellence or in spite of excellence, but it is integral to the excellence and success of any institution."

-Marc A. Nivet, Ed.D., Chief Diversity Officer, AAMC

Our office coordinates educational programs and workshops that reinforce our school’s commitment to excellence through diversity and inclusion.

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Our services and expertise help increase cultural competency among decision makers and enrich the pool of eligible faculty candidates from diverse backgrounds.

Picture a Scientist

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Three distinguished women scientists describe their experiences with harassment and discrimination at prestigious institutions and the impact that this has had on their careers.

Pride Month

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Celebrate with the Office of Inclusion Pride Month! Resources, History, and Bios all in one place. June Pride is here!