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Diversity Week banner art. Belonging: Connecting through crisis

Throughout human history, we have used stories, song, dance and creativity as a form of celebration and healing. Our songs hold our stories, and our dances express our deepest emotions. The sharing of these practices binds communities. Our collective experiences of trials, tribulations, loss and pain are often repaired in the context of others.

This year’s Diversity Week aims to bring our health care community together to sing, dance, create and share for the purpose of strengthening our connections to each other and the people we serve. This is a time for us to reconnect in celebration of diversity and belonging.

Virtual Events

Registration is required for each Diversity Week virtual event, and three events are open to the public. Join the event broadcasts scheduled for Sept. 20, 21 and 24 on the event registration pages listed below.

 Sept. 20

Keynote Speaker

“The Art of Radical Self-Love"

Public welcome
5-6:30 p.m.

Kick off Diversity Week by reconnecting with others and hearing from award-winning, New York Times best-selling author and artist Sonya Renee Taylor. She will lead attendees through a conversation on embracing ourselves and mastering the art of radical self-love!

Watch Replay

 Sept. 21

Leadership Panel

You Can’t Really Know Where You Are Going, Until You Know Where You Have Been.”

12:30-1:30 p.m.

  • David D. Allen, RhP, PhD, University Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis President
  • Rich Liekweg, BJC HealthCare President and CEO
  • Michael D. Ward, PhD, RTR, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College Vice Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity and Professor
  • Sherree Wilson, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor and Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Washington University School of Medicine
  • June Fowler, BJC HealthCare Senior Vice President, Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs, and Panel Moderator

Watch Replay

 Sept. 22

Keynote Performance

Inclusion That Moves You

Public welcome
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

Infinite Flow, an award-winning Los Angeles-based nonprofit and professional dance company that employs dancers with and without disabilities, uses dance as a catalyst to dismantle biases and promote inclusion. A virtual studio performance will be followed by a panel discussion with a few of the artists.

Watch the Virtual Show

 Sept. 24

“Writing for Liberation”

with Jason Vasser-Elong
Public welcome
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

This virtual writing workshop welcomes dialogue around issues of identity, race and personal experience and challenges participants to examine the intersectionality of their identities. Through poetry and prose, we will illuminate what makes us unique and celebrate those differences.

Watch Replay

Lift Every Voice and Sing

During some of the darkest days of American history, James Weldon Johnson and his brother John Rosamond Johnson wrote a song of "exquisite anguish" – "Lift Every Voice and Sing." The first verse is below. Let us sing and dance together this Diversity Week!

Lift every voice and sing,
Till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the listening skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun
Let us march on till victory is won.

Taste of Belonging

Join cafes across BJC for culinary events celebrating diverse cuisine from around the world.

BJC Connections Groups

BJC is committed to promoting a more diverse, engaged and inclusive workplace. An important step to inclusiveness is connecting with others, and our BJC Connections employee groups are designed to do just that. Being a member of a Connections group supports recruitment, engagement, development, retention and community outreach.

Learn more about getting involved.


BJC aims for all team members to live their best lives and thrive! Key ingredients for thriving at work are being socially connected and feeling a sense of belonging. THRIVE promotes opportunities to advance BJC team members’ emotional, physical and social well-being.

Learn more.

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