Unity Series

2023-2024 Unity Series

The HSC Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs propose the below programming framework in collaboration with multiple campus projects/offices. The purpose of this proposal is to:

  • Provide continuity in programming and align campus-wide initiatives in goals and objectives, purpose
  • Reinforce learning with additional awareness, practice, and application methodology
  • Provide depth/breath to campus-wide initiatives throughout a learner’s campus experience
Intent is to fulfill programmatic interprofessional accreditation requirements while:
  • Providing meaningful team-based learning opportunities
  • Ensuring all graduates have unique and distinctive preparation
  • Engaging students and communities as team-members in curriculum development and delivery
  • Striving to positively affect health team outcomes through collaborative team preparation  

Interdisciplinary Grand Rounds

Interdisciplinary Grand Rounds

Proposal from Interdisciplinary Student Council, collaboration sought

Focus:  IPE Collaboration, Spaces/Disciplines on campus

The Interdisciplinary Grand Rounds are a monthly seminar discussion to review a current topic that affects the campus community and to provide skills, resources, or education related to that topic as developed and implemented by students with direction from faculty advisors and/or content experts.

Topics from the 2022-2023 series included: 

All Professions Day (APD)

All Professions Day (APD)

Hosted by the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs

Focus:  Professions on campus

  • A first-year introduction to the different professions on campus.
  • Introduction to the IPEC Competencies
  • Opportunity to introduce series, intro to diversity/inclusion initiatives, micro-aggressions in communication, social determinants of health (SDOH), health disparities, lifestyle wellness

Unity in Health Symposium

Unity in Health Symposium

Student-led initiative hosted by HSC Student Affairs

Focus:  Other communities represented within the student body

  • Engages students in introductory-level conversations exploring the various communities represented in the student population
  • Compliments APD programming by expanding on the roles of different communities in team composition, respect for others
  • May include supplementary student-led conversation groups following the event

Diversity Unlearning Series

Diversity Unlearning Series

Yearlong asynchronous learning hosted by Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Focus:  Deeper understanding of communities and patient backgrounds

  • A first-year introduction to reinforce awareness of SDOH and health disparities
  • Menu of approximately 40 hours of content selected by campus stakeholders
  • Reinforce the concepts introduced in first-year Unlearning Bias coursework
  • Menu options available before APD1, and pre/post APD2

Community Informed Simulations

Community Informed Simulations

Under development with collaboration from the Office of Interdisciplinary Program, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, OUHSC students, and community partners

Focus: Community as team-member

  • Hands-on team-delivery of care simulation with a community member/agency included as team member for both curricular development and delivery
  • Method: Self-Advocate/Family-Advocate as Medical Educator (SAME/FAME) model for content creation and implementation
  • Various simulations may be offered, each focused on a different community
  • Examples of communities for engagement:  developmental disabilities, 2S-LGBTQ+, cultural/ethnic, socioeconomic, or specific health populations, mental health, lifestyle wellness
  • Include education in multiple delivery settings, including telehealth

Service Learning

Unity Service Learning

Opportunities will arise for academic-based teaming to occur directly related to Unity Clinic preparation. Such activities will likely occur outside the clinical environment and will be held in conjunction with community partners. 

Example: Team-Based participation in medicaid registration informational activities.


Additional Information Regarding Service Learning

Service-learning  “is a form of experiential education where learning occurs through a cycle of action and reflection as students. . . seek to achieve real objectives for the community and deeper understanding and skills for themselves. In the process, students link personal and social development with academic and cognitive development. . . experience enhances understanding; understanding leads to more effective action.”  (Eyler and Giles) https://www.ou.edu/communityengagement/students

Unity Clinic

Unity Clinic

Student-led initiative housed under the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs

Focus: Communities near/around OUHSC, throughout Oklahoma

  • Student-led, interprofessional clinic providing team-based care to the community
  • Student volunteers from 18 professions
  • Intent is to focus on patient-centered wellness initiatives
  • Current initiatives include:
    • Community health fairs in collaboration with the Health Sciences Explorer vehicle to tribal, rural and underserved communities
    • Crossings Clinic Midtown
      • Primary care and women's health services
      • Free diabetes education classes in Spanish
    • Food pharmacy with Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
    • Nutrition education initiatives with ONIE and Harold Hamm
    • Medicaid education in collaboration with OU Health

Unity Week Student-led Poster Hall

Unity Week Student-led Poster Hall

Annual presentation day hosted by the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and the Interdisciplinary Student Council

Focus: Teaming with application to communities near/around OUHSC, throughout Oklahoma

  • Summative experience to conclude the threaded experience prior to graduation
  • Students have requested an opportunity to “Practice my voice”
  • Posters – productivity encouraged

Operational DEI Definititions

  • Belonging: Being seen, heard, valued, and respected
  • Diversity: All individuals and viewpoints are represented and included
  • Equity: All have access and opportunity to succeed through identified and provided resources
  • Inclusion: All have a sense of belonging in our cultivated environment of respect and care