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HSCommunity: Refresh and Reconnect

HSCommunity is a newsletter highlighting diversity, equity and inclusion at WVU Health Sciences.

June 2024: Refresh and Reconnect

/ Court Side

Refresh and reconnect with yourself!

I know I have said it before, but summer truly is my favorite season. Not only is the weather amazing and there are so many fun things to do in our wonderful state, but it also is a time when I intentionally check in with myself.

Lately I have been engaging more with my strengths and my successes in life. I find that focusing on the things that make me great really help me overcome the areas where I am not as comfortable.

One way I have done this is by engaging more with the WVU Purpose Center and CliftonStrengths®. I even had my first coaching session this month. It was not what I expected – in the best ways possible! It has encouraged me to focus on my strengths more and encourage others to do the same.

So, in the spirit summer – let your strengths shine like the sun and let your care for each other radiate warmth and comfort wherever you are.

/ Court Lanham, MSW
Director of Diversity, WVU Health Sciences
Chancellor and Executive Dean’s Office

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/ Upcoming Events

AGE-ADAR Scholars Poster Symposium
Seven 2024 AGE-ADAR Scholars will present their research related to aging and health disparities in Appalachia on June 21 from 10-11 a.m. via Zoom. Learn more.

New Best Practices in Disability Education
The WVU School of Medicine invites interested faculty and staff to an upcoming continuing education event Friday, June 21, from 12-1:30 p.m. via Zoom. The event, titled "New Best Practices in Disability Education," will be presented by Dawn Bentley, M.Ed. Register online.

BeWell Summer Fun
Looking to get outside and have some fun this summer? Join us on June 25 from 2-5 p.m. outside HSC for outdoor yard games, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and more! Hosted by BeWell, Collegiate Recovery, WellWVU and the Health Sciences Chancellor’s Office. Learn more.

LGBTQ+ Center Fundraiser
The WVU LGBTQ+ Center is celebrating Pride Month with a fundraiser through the end of June. A portion of each sale will directly support the Center and its programming. T-shirts and sweatshirts can be purchased online. Learn more.

Im-Pasta Syndrome Workshop
Join the WVU Purpose Center and Health Sciences directory of division to enjoy a pasta lunch while learning more about imposter syndrome on July 15 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in HSC-North 2940 A&B. We’ll dig into how imposter syndrome shows up for you and how you can use strengths-based strategies to fight back against those feelings of inadequacy. Learn more.

Shabbat Dinners
The Rohr Chabad Jewish Center hosts weekly Shabbat dinners for all Jewish students. Learn more.

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/ News & Announcements

WVU CED launches new parent education and support group for families on wait lists for autism evaluations or services
The WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities is launching the Mind the Gap: Parent Education and Support Group to offer guidance and support for families who have a child on a wait list for autism evaluations or services. Learn more.

Nursing students invited to study abroad in Spain in 2025
During "Spain: The Art of Healthcare in Barcelona & Valencia," students will spend Spring semester meeting to discuss the trip experience and gain a working knowledge of healthcare and nursing in Spain. The semester will culminate in a trip to Barcelona and Valencia from May 19-26, 2025. Learn more.

Former autism clinic attendee graduates high school; featured in People Magazine
Hope Crichigno's journey from being diagnosed with severe autism at an early age to graduating high school was recently featured in People Magazine. During her time at the WVU Intensive Autism Services Delivery Clinic, Hope was able to learn several communication and self-care skills through applied behavior analysis therapy. Learn more.

WVU program that is changing student lives called ‘gold standard’ of inclusive postsecondary education
Monongalia County native Spencer Hession is a new West Virginia University graduate who is leaving the University better prepared than when he arrived because of his time in the Country Roads Program, designed for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Learn more.

WVU School of Nursing graduate and WVU Army ROTC cadet recently commissioned as second lieutenant
WVU School of Nursing Class of 2024 graduate and Army ROTC Cadet Cherilyn Zeltman was recently commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and will serve active duty as a Nurse Corps officer. Learn more.

Care Beyond the Hospital: Faith Community Nursing allows Logan County nurse to give back to her community
Shatika Jones, a new Faith Community Nurse who received training from the WVU School of Nursing, is working with West Logan Church to build a nurse-led access to care point within her community. Learn more.