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August 2016


CDU News August 2016: Past, Present, and Future

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Memorandum of Understanding Signing

Charles R. Drew University and the Western Area of The Links, Incorporated recently established the Western Area, The Links, Incorporated Endowment Fund by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The Western Area, The Links, Incorporated Endowment Fund shall consist of monies irrevocably given to Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science by the Western Area, The Links, Incorporated and other contributors.

The Western Area, The Links, Incorporated Endowment Fund was established with an initial gift of five thousand dollars ($5000.00). This check was presented to our President and CEO, Dr. David Carlisle by the Western Area Representative, Link Dolores Caffey-Fleming. The income, but not the corpus or principle of the Western Area, The Links, Incorporated Endowment Fund shall be used to provide scholarships for undergraduate students enrolled at the designated institution or to provide library resources at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Disbursements for Student Scholarships and library resources shall be authorized when the Western Area, The Links, Incorporated Endowment Fund reaches twenty thousand dollars ($20,000).
The university is very grateful for this partnership.

Pipeline Programs Hosted by Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Fifth Annual Summer High School Research Symposium

The Fifth Annual Summer High School Symposium was held on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. This summer, there were 10 students in the Project STRIDE Cohort which is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and three local students in the NIH/NIDDK funded High School Short Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) Program. These thirteen students were matched with experienced research mentors for eight weeks and worked on a research project related to their area of interest. The students produced a scientific abstract, a PowerPoint presentation and a poster on their research projects such as “Association of choline with chronic kidney disease in different racial/ethnic population- a possible role of inflammation” and “The Relationship between Race/Ethnicity and Thyroid Cancer Rates and Outcomes”. The student PowerPoint and Posters were presented at the Research Symposium for the faculty, members of the community, parents and friends. This was the first exposure to scientific research presentations for most of the students. The students did an outstanding job and were very poised and prepared for this culminating activity. A great time was had by all.

Memorandum of Understanding Signing
Charles R. Drew University and the Western Area of The Links, Incorporated recently established theWesternArea, TheLinks,IncorporatedEndowmentFund by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). TheWesternArea,TheLinks,IncorporatedEndowmentFundshallconsistofmonies irrevocablygiventoCharlesDrewUniversityofMedicineandScience bytheWestern Area,TheLinks,Incorporatedandothercontributors.

The Western Area, The Links, Incorporated Endowment Fund was established with an initial gift of five thousand dollars ($5000.00). This check was presented to our President and CEO, Dr. David Carlisle by the Western Area Representative, Link Dolores Caffey-Fleming. The income, but not the corpus or principle of the Western Area, The Links, Incorporated Endowment Fund shall be used to provide scholarships for undergraduate students enrolled at the designated institution or to provide library resources at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Disbursements for Student Scholarships and library resources shall be authorized when the Western Area, The Links, Incorporated Endowment Fund reaches twenty thousand dollars ($20,000).
The university is very grateful for this partnership.

What do you know about Title IX?


Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination—including sexual violence—in educational programs and activities. All public and private schools, school districts, colleges and universities receiving federal funds must comply with Title IX. As a recipient of federal funds, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science is required to comply fully with the mandates enunciated by the law along with the guidance provided by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. If you have experienced sexual violence, here are some things you should know about your Title IX rights:

1. Title IX is a landmark federal civil right that prohibits sex discrimination in education.
Title IX is not just about sports; it is a prohibition against sex-based discrimination in education. It addresses discrimination against pregnant and parenting students and women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs. It also addresses sexual harassment, gender-based discrimination, and sexual violence. Sexual violence includes attempted or completed rape or sexual assault, as well as sexual harassment, stalking, voyeurism, exhibitionism, verbal or physical sexuality-based threats or abuse, and intimate partner violence.

2. Title IX does not apply to female students only.
Title IX protects any person from sex-based discrimination, regardless of their sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or gender expression. Female, male, and gender non-conforming students, faculty, and staff are protected from any sex-based discrimination, harassment or violence.

3. CDU must be proactive in ensuring that our campus is free of sex discrimination.
You are protected under Title IX even if you do not experience sex discrimination directly. CDU must take immediate steps to address any sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence on campus to prevent it from affecting students further. If CDU knows or reasonably should know about discrimination, harassment or violence that is creating a “hostile environment” for any student, it must act to eliminate it, remedy the harm caused and prevent its recurrence. CDU may not discourage survivors from continuing their education, such as telling them to “take time off” or forcing them to quit an organization, club, or class. You have the right to remain on campus and have every educational program and opportunity available to you.

4. CDU must have an established procedure for handling complaints of sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence.
CDU has a Title IX Coordinator who manages complaints. The Coordinator’s (Gary Verón) contact information is made publicly accessible on CDU’s website and literature. If you decide to file a complaint, the Title IX Coordinator will promptly investigate it regardless of whether you report to the police (though a police investigation may very briefly delay the school’s investigation if law enforcement is gathering evidence). CDU is not permitted to wait for the conclusion of a criminal proceeding and should conclude its own investigation within a semester’s time (the 2011 Office for Civil Rights Title IX guidance proposes 60 days as an appropriate time frame). CDU will use a “preponderance of the evidence” standard to determine the outcome of a complaint, meaning discipline should result if it is more likely than not that discrimination, harassment and/or violence occurred. The final decision will be provided to both parties (complainant and respondent) in writing. Both parties have the right to appeal the decision.

5. CDU must take immediate action to ensure a victim can continue her/his education free of ongoing sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence.
Along with issuing a no contact directive to the accused, CDU must ensure that any reasonable changes to your housing, class or clinical schedule, campus job, or extracurricular activity and clubs are made to ensure you can continue your education free from ongoing sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual violence. These arrangements can occur BEFORE a formal complaint, investigation, hearing, or final decision is made regarding your complaint. It also can CONTINUE after the entire process since you have a right to an education free of sex-based discrimination, harassment or violence. Additionally, these accommodations should not over-burden complainant-victims or limit your educational opportunities; instead, CDU can require the accused to likewise change some university-related activities or classes to ensure there is not ongoing hostile educational environment.

6. CDU may not retaliate against an individual for filing a complaint and must keep a victim safe from other retaliatory harassment or behavior.
CDU must address complaints of sex discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence. As part of this obligation CDU can issue a no contact directive or make other accommodations to ensure the accused or a third party does not retaliate for any complaint. Additionally, the CDU may not take adverse action against the complainant-victim for their complaint. Any retaliation may be reported in a formal Title IX complaint to the U.S. Department of Education since it is your right to be free from a hostile educational environment.

7. CDU can issue a no contact directive under Title IX to prevent the accused student from approaching or interacting with you.
When necessary for student safety, CDU can issue a no contact directive preventing an accused student from directly or indirectly contacting or interacting with you. Campus security will help enforce such directives. This is not a court-issued restraining order, but CDU will provide you with information on how to obtain such an order and facilitate that process if you choose to pursue it.

8. In cases of sexual violence, CDU is prohibited from encouraging or allowing mediation (rather than a formal hearing) of the complaint.
In 2011, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights clearly stated that institutions are prohibits from allowing mediation between an accused student and a complainant-victim in sexual violence cases. However, institutions may still offer such an alternative process for other types of complaints, such as sexual harassment. Realize it is your choice and you can and should seek a disciplinary hearing if you desire such a formal process. CDU does not require that an accused party be allowed to question the alleged victim during a hearing.

9. CDU will not make
If you need counseling, tutoring, changes to your campus housing, or other remedies in order to continue your education, CDU will provide these at no cost to you. Similarly, you will not be asked to suffer the financial burden of CDU’s mistakes. In a situation where CDU errs by not taking prompt and effective steps to eliminate the violence and prevent its recurrence, CDU may be required to reimburse related expenses.

Click the image above for a short video that explains Title IX, or visit this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFAs9fegJsI.

Fifth Annual Summer High School Research Symposium


The Fifth Annual Summer High School Symposium was held on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. This summer, there were 10 students in the Project STRIDE Cohort which is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and three local students in the NIH/NIDDK funded High School Short Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) Program. These thirteen students were matched with experienced research mentors for eight weeks and worked on a research project related to their area of interest. The students produced a scientific abstract, a PowerPoint presentation and a poster on their research projects such as “Effect of Interlukin-6 on breast Cancer Cell Growth”; “Association of choline with chronic kidney disease in different racial/ethnic population- a possible role of inflammation” and “The Relationship between Race/Ethnicity and Thyroid Cancer Rates and Outcomes”. The student PowerPoint and Posters were presented at the Research Symposium for the faculty, members of the community, parents and friends. This was the first exposure to scientific research presentations for most of the students. The students did an outstanding job and were very poised and prepared for this culminating activity.

Orthopedic Workshop: Sawbones Demonstration

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During the National Medical Association Convention in early August, the Charles On July 29, 2016, the Charles R. Drew University Orthopedic Surgery Department hosted a Sawbones Bioskills Workshop for interested Charles R. Drew University students collaborating with the Nth Dimensions Company in conjunction
Continued with the Orthopedic Section of the National Medical Association at the Keck Auditorium CDU. This workshop was well received by a diverse variety of students who were given an initial lecture by Dr. Ali Ross, a graduate and alumnus of the Charles R. Drew Orthopedic Residency Program. The students were then allowed to practice different orthopedic skills at five different bioskill stations using power drills, reamers, and real orthopedic equipment to accomplish:

  • Placing an intramedullary rod in a tibia.
  • Plating a proximal tibial fracture.
  • Performing an open reduction/internal fixation of a wrist fracture.
  • Placing an external fixator device on for a fracture.
  • Performing an open reduction/internal fixation of an ankle fracture.

The teachers who staffed these stations were current or former members of the Charles R. Drew Orthopedic Department. They included Dr. Ali Ross, Dr. Darryl Willoughby, Dr. Jacqueline Lezine-Hanna, Dr. Peter Gleiberman, Dr. Antoine Roberts, Dr. Anthony Fennison, and Dr. Eleby Washington.

It appeared that everyone had an interesting productive time. The students felt that they benefited from this course and we look forward to putting on a similar course at the Charles R. Drew University in the near future.

Eleby R. Washington III, M.D., P.C.
Cal. Lic. #: G53301
Chairman, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Los Angeles, California Alumni 1973


                          
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