Virtual Chat is a platform to frame and guide dialogue and discussions relevant to equity, equality, diversity, and inclusion in medical, graduate, and allied health education and practice. The purpose of this platform is to provide a virtual space for our students to gain cultural competence.These bite-sized cultural competence seminars are designed to serve as a co-curricular learning opportunity for ALL students offered through the Office of Diversity Affairs.

Lauren Jones, PhD is the director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Lauren has worked at SPH since 2017. She believes in speaking truth to power and centering the marginalized. Lauren provides leadership and oversight for the DEI activities across the school, including strategic planning and implementation, training, and programming. She helps the school to operationalize its values by working with administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni. She has a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University, a master’s degree from Old Dominion University, and currently became a PhD at the University of Minnesota in Organizational Leadership & Policy Development.

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Burnout among Healthcare Professionals

What is burnout? What are the risk factors? How did Covid impact burnout? Why does it matter? What are the solutions?

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Compassion Fatigue among Healthcare Professionals

What is compassion fatigue? Who is impacted and how? How does it impact the work of healthcare professionals? What interventions and redress can help relieve compassion fatigue?