Friday, October 08, 2010

Stories from the Clippings

Diversity on Campus
Big News in the 50's

During the summer, OHSU students participated in focus groups just after a diversity climate survey was conducted by the OHSU Diversity Advisory Council. Just yesterday the DAC began formation of employee focus groups to continue their assessment.

According to the OHSU policy on diversity, diversity includes age, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, diversity of thought, ideas and more. Further more, OHSU President, Joe Robertson, has been quoted as saying that "Diversity is vitally important to OHSU's evolution as a world-class academic health and science university. We seek to integrate diversity within all areas of the university and all parts of our mission. Enriched with the perspectives and experiences of a diverse community, we can realize our true potential for creativity and discovery, quality patient care, educational excellence, and outstanding service."

As I thought about our student and employee populations and how relatively diverse we are, I was reminded of two newspaper articles in the clipping folios from the early 1950's. There are lots of articles written about many firsts at OHSU. Two in particular caught my eye. I had written myself a note to include these stories in a blog post. Today seemed right since I had just read about OHSU's committment to continue the dialogue around diversity and cultural competency.
It was important enough and perhaps unusual enough in the 1950's for the newspapers to report in a tiny article that Samual Ojo from Lagos, Nigeria was the first African to enter UOMS. In 1953, as a first year student, he was elected to serve a two year term on the student-faculty committee. Here's a photograph of Sam as he graduates from UOMS in 1958.

The second of the two articles reported that, Yoo Bock Lee was the first Korean ever to study at UOMS (1954). He took advanced studies in pathology as a resident in the University's hospital and clinics. After his studies here in the states, he would return to Korea to teach pathology at his alma mater, Severance Union Medical School, in Seoul. Dr. Lee had pointed out to the reporter that Korea had 3,000 physicians to treat 20,000,000 people.

Small seeds. Big trees.

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