The HERE series features IUCB faculty and outside experts applying an ethics lens to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Speakers will explore contemporary DEI topics in health and research using diverse ethical perspectives, including feminist ethics, narrative ethics, human rights frameworks, critical race theory, or other approaches. These talks are meant to be explorations of DEI that can broaden and deepen our understanding of methodology and theory in bioethics, and thus deepen our appreciation for problems and ways forward in equity and diversity.
Our second speaker is Sylk Sotto, EdD, MPS, MBA, Assistant Professor of Medicine at IU School of Medicine and a faculty investigator at the Indiana University for Bioethics. Dr. Sotto’s research interests center on questions of racial, ethnic, and gender equity in academic medicine. Her EdD dissertation, “What Gets Lost in the Numbers: A Case Study of the Experiences and Perspectives of Black and Latino Faculty in Academic Medicine,” explores case studies of underrepresented minority individuals, and their socialization into, perceptions of, and identity within medical academia. Dr. Sotto also contributes to scholarship on medical education and administration, academic leadership, and professional development. For more information about her research and publications, please click here.
Dr. Sotto will present Humility in our Ethics: A Case for Cultural Humility and Cultural Safety in our Research as the second lecture in the HERE series. In this lecture, Dr. Sotto will define the concepts of cultural humility and cultural safety in relation to research ethics. Cultural humility as a lifelong commitment to self-evaluation and critique, redressing power imbalances, and the development of mutually beneficial partnerships with communities and cultural safety as the understanding of the sociopolitical realities of those same communities included in research. The concepts will be expanded to envision ethics of care that dismantle health disparities.