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Richard Barajas

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

School of Veterinary Medicine

Hometown: Sterling, IL

Richard has over 15 years of experience working on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. He has spent over 10 years focusing on issues in the health professions (Pharmacy, Human and Veterinary Medicine). Creating a culture of self-reflection and lived values is key to creating an inclusive environment.
A speaker fee applies for Richard’s talks.


Strategic Planning for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Why is a Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion important for your organization? As the guiding document for you organization it sets the foundation for the work you are doing and the climate you are trying to create. Let’s talk about how to create this plan and make sure you are living your expressed values as an organization.
Identifying Microaggressions and Creating a Culture of Accountability
Microaggressions are often a subtle way that individuals in your organization are made to feel excluded and marginalized. This talk will go over how to recognize microaggressions and how you can be an advocate when you witness a microaggression happening.