April is Celebrate Diversity Month, which brings awareness to the importance of embracing individual differences and recognizing everyone’s unique contributions. As this month of commemoration begins, reports of injustice remain present in the news, most recently against members of the Asian-American community. 

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) maintains steadfast support for the inherent right of every person—from our students to our employees to those in our communities—to be valued, protected and served. Along with the efforts of our Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Committee, many students, faculty and staff are taking actions to fuel cultural responsiveness within USAHS and in our communities, and we will continue to highlight these efforts.

In addition, the following resources are available to USAHS students to help bridge discrimination gaps.

ComPysch Free Resources

ComPsych includes a Diversity and Inclusion toolkit as well as online articles and resources related to diversity and inclusion to help in conversations, planning and interpersonal relations both at home and at work.

The Diversity and Inclusion toolkit includes guides with best practices and tips you can download on a variety of subjects, including:

  • Asian American Discrimination
  • Supporting a Diverse Workforce
  • Social Change Resource Guide
  • Speaking to Children about Diversity
  • Disabilities in the Workplace
  • Transgender Persons in the Workplace
  • LGBTQIA in the Workforce

In response to the recent attacks on Asian Americans, ComPsych has added these resources (search by topic to access):

  • Asian American Mental Health Awareness
  • Combating Discrimination and Fear

Also available through ComPsych are a variety of diversity and inclusion articles suitable for you and your family members. USAHS students, along with their families, have 24x7, confidential access:

  • Telephone: 844-819-4777
  • Website: guidanceresources.com (Web ID: USAEAP)
  • Mobile App: Guidance Resources Now (Co Code: USAEAP) 

You are also invited to watch this quick video on the ASK Model for Valuing Diversity as a bonus resource. Learn more on the ASK Model and Valuing Diversity at https://c.zmags.com/viewer.html#5f4ff5d1faf7ea7b79d15f83.

Your responsibility does not end with the completion of this training or review of these resources. The University encourages you to ask questions, engage and reflect. As diversity allies, we all have an opportunity to create real change. Please send your comments and ideas to IDEA@usa.edu.