Fostering Inclusivity Symposium

Fostering Inclusivity: The Impact of Inclusive Language in Healthcare

Saturday Mar. 16
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Jean and Paul Adams Commons (JPAC)

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Presented by the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility/Anti-Racism Task Force, the Fostering Inclusivity: The Impact of Inclusive Language in Healthcare symposium will raise awareness of the importance of using inclusive terminology in the healthcare setting.

Certain groups are more susceptible to being impacted by incorrect or insensitive terminology based on gender, sexuality, disability, race/ethnicity, religion, age, weight/body image, socioeconomic status, and political ideology. Patients, healthcare providers, and student healthcare professionals could all directly or indirectly experience lack of inclusive language.

Therefore, key features of our symposium include presentations tailored to address inclusive and equitable language in healthcare. Through this symposium, the audience will be exposed to utilizing language as a powerful tool to create psychologically safe, inclusive, respectful, and welcoming environments when speaking to patients.

Registration closes March 13, 2024.

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Keynote Speaker

John M Allen

  • College of Pharmacy, University of Florida
  • Associate Dean For Accessibility, Belonging And Community Health
  • Clinical Associate Professor 
  • Full Biography external website


8:45 - 9:15 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

JPAC (Henry Student Center) 

9:30 - 11 a.m.

Student Presentations

JPAC, Miller Room, Savitz Lounge (Henry Student Center) 

11 - 11:15 a.m.


11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Guest Speaker #1

JPAC (Henry Student Center)

Person First Language in Rehab: from Theory to Practice presented by Maureen Romanow Pascal, PT, DPT. Board-Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy and Associate Professor, Physical Therapy Department, Misericordia University.

12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

Keynote Speaker + Lunch

JPAC (Henry Student Center) 

Leveraging Inclusive Language to Unlock the Potential of Eliminating Health Disparities presented by John M Allen, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM, FCCP. Associate Dean For Accessibility, Belonging And Community Health, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Florida College of Pharmacy.

1:15 - 2 p.m.

Guest Speaker #2

JPAC (Henry Student Center) 

Frank Bartoli, CESP. President/CEO of Coffee Inclusive.

2 - 2:45 p.m.

Guest Speaker #3

JPAC (Henry Student Center) 

La Fleur F. Small, Ph.D. Associate Provost Academic and Diversity Affairs, Wilkes University.


Sponsored by Walgreens and the Wilkes University Office of Diversity Initiatives.

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