DMU Day of Unity

Coming together for a day of unity

More than 200 Des Moines University students, faculty and staff gathered on campus today to stand together in support of …
Stephen Nelson, M.D., speaks at the Diversity Health Series

Racism and health inequity: What can we do about it?

While many factors affect health care equity, disparities based on race that target communities of color are consistently reported in …
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

“Illegal, immoral, deplorable” – and so critical to medical advancement

On Feb. 6, 1951, a poor African American tobacco farmer named Henrietta Lacks entered the ward for colored women at …

Des Moines University celebrates Diwali

DMU students, faculty and staff took part in the University’s annual celebration of Diwali on November 21. More than 360 …

DMU honors Diversity Champions

Diversity doesn’t just happen; to make it real and relevant, it requires champions. This spring the DMU office of multicultural …

The Power of Story in Healing

Beyond the necessities for survival, is there any more fundamental human need than to connect with others through stories? They let us feel kinship, experience emotion, and understand or challenge the people and world around us. Stories let us learn, share, get angry, become motivated, understand difference and appreciate community.

Melding music with med school

On a recent Friday evening on the DMU campus, a group of students gathered in the Student Education Center’s osteopathic …

Real Talk

Adrian Simien was barely a year old when pioneering “gangsta rap” group N.W.A. debuted the 1988 album “Straight Outta Compton” …

The criticality of cultural competency

In an increasingly multicultural world, understanding how to work with and care for people from a wide variety of backgrounds is not only a matter of professional responsibility; it’s a practical necessity. DMU is increasing efforts to equip students for this reality.