The new leaders of our Department of Medicine Diversity Council and Task Force on Women’s Academic Careers in Medicine have been busy with new events and initiatives to ensure a more inclusive future within the department and Hopkins overall. Below is a message from Dr. Garima Sharma, associate vice chair for women's careers in academic medicine:
June is Pride Month. It’s an opportunity to celebrate, support and learn about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, Ally or Asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities and how you can be an ally in advancing equity for our colleagues. Pride Month is an opportunity to celebrate the successes and progress made thus far, support advocacy and social justice causes, and learn more about the LGBTQIA+ communities, faculty and staff and what you can do to support them. Please join me honoring the journeys and the struggles of our LBGTQIA+ colleagues and their tremendous contributions in advancing gender equity in medicine.
This is the time to renew our advocacy spirit—to remind others about the disparities faced by members of the LGBTQIA+ communities and what you can do to be an advocate and ally for our workforce and the patients they serve. There are many challenges in advancing the health of our transgender colleagues, and there are several important initiatives in the DOM that will roll out in the future. The DOM Task Force on Women's Academic Careers in Medicine is proud of our LGBTQIA+ colleagues and their perseverance, and we stand in solidarity remaining committed to social justice, equitable health and participating in a transformational forward-thinking movement for the Department of Medicine and Johns Hopkins.