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What Will You Do With Your Privilege? A Personal Lesson About Allyship

Michael Danielson, organizational development consultant, shares a personal experience about privilege, respect, and friendship. When his comfortable cultural norms failed him and led to a regrettable interaction, he learned that respect is demonstrated by taking action, and that you have to step out of your comfort zone to change culture.

Patient Voices: Four Ways to Build Trust with Your Transgender Patients

Everyone needs health care at some point in their lives. But for a person who is transgender, gender diverse, or part of the LGBTQ+ community (or both), navigating the health care experience can be fraught with challenges because of their outward expression and internal sense of gender. To create safer, more affirming spaces, we asked patients themselves for their guidance.

Confronting Our Racism with Intention and Action

Meaningful change requires intention and action. In this "One U" spinoff series, University of Utah Equity, Diversity and Inclusion leaders Mary Ann Villarreal and José Rodríguez translate powerful insights from Friday Forum national thought leaders for our local health care frontline teams.

Someone To Look To

Third-year Neurology Resident Liam Clark shares his perspective as both a resident and a patient at University of Utah Health, bringing more visibility to transmen and the trans community.

Invest in Yourself to Invest in Others

Garrett Harding, associate director of community outreach at Huntsman Cancer Institute, is committed to community. He shares his story and highlights the work being done at HCI to bolster inclusivity and representation.

Responding with Kindness: Racial and Minority Trauma

Rising racist aggressions against the backdrop of an anxious and unnerving year can exacerbate the trauma racial groups and minorities experience. Megan Jean Whitlock of the Resiliency Center and Mauricio Laguan of the Office for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion explain racial trauma and how kindness, to ourselves and each other, is what this moment demands.

We All Have Stories—What Will You Do With Yours?

Chief Medical Information Officer Maia Hightower knows that positive change happens by building a community where people can be themselves—especially those people who may not have had the same opportunities. She shares her story to inspire change.

To Be Visible, Proud, and Queer

Ariel Malan, program coordinator for Utah’s Transgender Health Program discusses the limits often placed on gender expression in the workplace, and how in her current role, she is fortunate to be able to express herself.

Grit, Determination and Patient Collaboration: Building the Transgender Health Program

U of U Health recently received the LGBTQ Health Care Equality Top Performer designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation—but this achievement didn’t happen overnight. Plastic surgeon and Transgender Health Program Director Cori Agarwal, and Program Coordinator Ariel Malan, share the grit, determination and patient collaboration that transformed our health care system.

Chasing Rainbows

Jonathan Martinez, photographer and video director for Huntsman Cancer Institute, shares his experience chasing a rainbow and reflects on what it means to be inclusive as a first-generation Brown, gay man.

3 Steps to Healing and Resistance in the Face of Racism

Mindfulness can be an act of healing and resistance for Black, Indigenous, People of Color who confront microaggressions as part of everyday life. Mindfulness educators and social workers Trinh Mai and Jean Whitlock provide three steps to build mindful self-compassion for BIPOC.

How to Respond with Compassion when Someone is Hurt by Racism

Racism isn’t something that happens “somewhere else.” Mindfulness educators and social workers Trinh Mai and Jean Whitlock facilitated an interracial dialogue on talking about race and racism to learn from local lived experiences. Here they share a scenario reflecting common dynamics and give recommendations for a compassionate and constructive response.