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Randi Smith receives Emory SOM Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award

Randi Smith, MD, Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Department of Surgery, has been chosen to receive the Emory School of Medicine Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award for 2022. This honor is bestowed upon a faculty member who has made significant achievements in ensuring that the climate of the SOM is characterized by inclusivity and organizational equity through leveraging of the varied attributes of diversity in our community. 

Dr. Randi Smith

Fifteen Emory community members traveled to Okmulgee, Oklahoma, on a journey of learning at the invitation of the Muscogee Nation. Prior to Emory's founding, the Muscogee people lived, worked, produced knowledge on, and nurtured the land where Emory's Oxford and Atlanta campuses are now located. Over four days of educational gatherings, shared meals and gift exchanges, the Emory group heard recurring themes from Muscogee Nation members, whose 86,000 citizens comprise one of the largest Native tribes in the U.S.

Emory University President Gregory L. Fenves has charged the Twin Memorials Working Group with designing and constructing twin memorials to honor the enslaved individuals and their descendants who lived and worked on Emory's original campus, which is now Oxford College, as well as others whose labor has not been fully acknowledged by the university. Having two memorials is a means of articulating and interconnecting the shared histories of the Atlanta and Oxford campuses.