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Diversity Committee Director Update

Diversity Director, Jake Reyna-Casanova

Dear STC-ACHE Members,

Happy Holidays to each and every one of you! Part of me cannot believe I am already saying that and the other half of me gets excited every single time. I hope you have either already had some time to be with family and friends safely or plan to spend some quality time with loved ones very soon. As we close out this year and look ahead to 2022, I am excited to highlight the year that has come and gone and some items to look ahead to for the new year.

As a first-time Diversity Director for the chapter this year, I was so excited to start on this journey to create a more diverse chapter and lead initiatives that would lead to more inclusion and equity for all. First, I would like to thank and highlight the Diversity Committee. I would not be able to create and work towards the chapter diversity goals if it weren’t for the Committee. Throughout the year, the Committee grew to it’s now nine-member committee that collaborate behind the scenes to achieve the chapter goals. As of now the committee members are:

  • Lana Bamiro
  • Tai Baskin
  • Alex Bradford
  • Rebecca Brady
  • Jackie Bull
  • Regina Belle Cavada
  • Tracy Lewis
  • Robin Moreno
  • Skylar Stepp
If you would like to join the Diversity Committee, there is always room for more collaboration, and I invite you to reach out directly to me at jcasanova14@utexas.edu.

I am proud to say that we successfully completed four main DEI goals in 2021. First, the Committee drafted, reviewed, and finalized a chapter-specific DEI statement, which we were able to do with the guidance of the National ACHE Statement on Diversity. Creating this statement was essential to show the chapter’s support towards inclusion and equity for our members. The statement is as follows:

“The South Texas Chapter of ACHE celebrates diversity among healthcare leaders. The Chapter believes in the fair and equitable treatment of all people. STC-ACHE recognizes diversity, equity, and inclusion as ethical and business imperatives and priorities.”

Second, we were able to encourage diverse panelists throughout the year’s educational sessions. In doing, out of all panelists 64% were racial/ethnic minorities, 36% worked at non-hospital settings, 36% were women, and 27% were early careerists. By having more diverse panelists we are able to get better insight into how to treat our patients for increased health equity within our community. On top of having diverse panels, we were also able to host DEI-related educational sessions this year to provide knowledge and best practices that healthcare leaders would be able to take to their place of employment. Lastly, we were able to highlight diverse events, months, and individuals through our quarterly newsletters.

By successfully implementing and reaching these goals, as a chapter, we hope that we are making our members feel more welcomed, feel that they belong, and better equipped with knowledge and skills to continuously improve their career. Looking forward to 2022, we will continue to collect DEI metrics as we are able, get direct feedback from our members, and create a DEI landing page on the STC ACHE website to showcase our DEI efforts and initiatives. I very much look forward to a fantastic year filled with safer in-person sessions, networking events, and continued growth of our chapter.

Sincerely,
Jake Reyna-Casanova

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