VITALS: Virtual Inclusive Talks and Lecture Series

Case Western Reserve School of Medicine is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in medicine and fighting disparities in health care in our community. Championing diversity is an essential part of our vision to promote an inclusive culture working to eradicate health disparities in Cleveland and across the world.

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence hosts VITALS: Virtual Inclusive Talks and Lecture Series, a series of 60-minute inclusive talks and lectures, and in-person presentations, to expand our commitment and promote dialogues in our school and our community. Each VITALS includes a Q&A session and is open to the public and shared with faculty staff and students at the School of Medicine, the University, and our other campuses: Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth System, University Hospitals and the Cleveland Veteran Affairs Medical Center. VITALS are free but require pre-registration.

Upcoming VITALS

Previous VITALS

*Not recorded intentionally. This approach aims to encourage and motivate you to participate in these meetings firsthand, to truly experience the essence of our community.

Month & Year


Presentation/Event Details


May 1, 2024

12-2 p.m.

Asian American Heritage Asian American Pacific Island Heritage Month Keynote Presentation & Festival  

February 23, 2024 


Black History Month Black History Month (in-person WRB Auditorium)  
February 9 & 14 2024 Lunar New Year Lunar New Year Events (in-person HEC (Feb 9) and BRB (Feb 14)   
January 17, 2024 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day    

December 8, 2023

12:00 PM

Lecture Series VITALS: Disability Health Equity Panel
“Reimagining Disability as a Strength in Healthcare”
Multiple Speakers

June 23,


What Juneteenth Means for Urban Health Care Equity (Hybrid)
Juneteenth Reception
Juneteenth Photo Narratives

Dr. Gregory Hall
Pride Month DEIE Safe Zone Training (Online)*
DEIE Trans Allyship Training 101 (Online)*

LGBTQ+ Health Across Our Campuses Panel Discussion (Online)
LGBTQ+ Wine & Cheese Social


Multiple Presenters 



Asian American Heritage  Healing in Solidarity and Community Support (Hybrid)
AAPI Festival
Naomi Sigg, MS
Mental Health Awareness  Restorative Justice: Application of Restorative Justice in the Health Professions (Online) Juri Sanchez, MSW and Dr. Corina Iacopetti, MA


Women's History  Celebrating Women in Academic Medicine: Telling Our Truth (Online) Dr. Sherita Hill Golden

January 2023

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Advancing Health Equity; Making the connection with Social Justice and Health Disparities (Online) Dr. Quinn Capers

December 6, 2022

Lecture Series Racism as a Public Health Crisis, Envisioning the Future (Online) Dr. David Margolius
October 6, 2022 Lecture Series Advocacy through Cultural Humility and Community Outreach (Online)
Dr. Monica Yepes-Rios, FACP
June 28


How Far We've Come 50 Years of Pride! (Online)
Dr. Laura J. Mintz, PhD


Women's History  Bias, Bravery and Burnout: The Journey of Women in Medicine (Online) Dr. Lipi Roy
December 2021 Health Disparities Health Disparities for Women of Color and Infant Mortality (Online) Dr. Arthur R. James
November 2021 Native American Awareness Native American Healthcare: Past, Present, and Future (Online) Dr. Jonathan Baines, PhD
October 2021 Hispanic Heritage Awareness  R.E.A.L: Race, Ethnicity, and Language (Online) Margarita Diaz, MSN, RN
August 2021 Health Disparities Health Disparities in Latinx and COVID-19 (Online) Dr. Monica Vela
Health Disparities The Effects of COVID-19 on Women in the Academy (Online) Dr. Cynthia Kubu
Health Disparities The Asian American Experiences of Racism during COVID-19 (Online)

Dr. Ben Li