Dr. Jerrihlyn McGee Professional PhotoThe 2020 Clinical Laboratory Educators Conference Closing Keynote on Saturday, February 29, Building Capacity for the Future: Fostering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Academe, is intended to start a conversation that can potentially continue at your home organization or institution.

Jerrihlyn L. McGee, DNP, RN, CNE, was named the first vice chancellor for diversity, equity, and inclusion for the University of Kansas Medical Center last September. “We thought she would be the ideal person to present on this topic,” said Dana Bostic, 2020 CLEC Steering Committee chair. “She has a distinguished record that demonstrates her work in diversity and inclusion. Dr. McGee’s background in clinical work, research, and as an educator really adds to her potential to relate well with meeting attendees. She engages well with her audience and ties in personal elements from her own life to make her presentation even that much more meaningful.”

CLEC organizers hope that attendees will leave the keynote with an increased awareness and sensitivity towards diversity and inclusion. Furthermore, every attendee should feel empowered and know that we all have a role in diversity and inclusion topics.

“We all have a responsibility to be mindful of diversity and inclusion as it relates to content delivery, curriculum design, fostering educator-student relationships, potential interactions in the clinical environment, and so forth,” Bostic added. “Ultimately, I would love for everyone to be inspired and to become more involved in promoting this work within our own body of work.”

Online registration is open through February 13. Join us in Orlando, February 27-29.