DEI Speaker Series

Sunshine Goodman is a transgender woman, life influencer, and motivational speaker whose has spoken to the Department of Surgery on her life experiences.

In addition to the many programs sponsored by the Office of Diversity, the Department of Surgery sponsors a DEI speaker series. Our series not only affords another opportunity to receive DEI credit, it provides the added benefit of learning more about people's lived experiences with colleagues we work side-by-side with everyday. These shared experiences are aimed to open doors (and minds) to providing a more inclusive culture in the Department of Surgery. 


Past Talks:

A Conversation About Transgender Health Care featuring Chase Glenn and Sunshine Goodman

What is it like to navigate the health care system in South Carolina as a transgender man or woman?
What obstacles make health care more difficult? How can health care workers improve the experience?
Chase Glenn, a transgender man and director of LGBTQ+ Health Services and Enterprise Resources at MUSC, works every day to answer these questions for himself and the LGBTQ+ community. Sunshine Goodman is a transgender woman, life influencer, and motivational speaker whose personal journey has led her to and through our healthcare system. Join us for a moderated conversation with Chase and Sunshine that will educate, encourage, and empower providers to seek the compassionate transformation of health care for transgender individuals.

Turning the Table: A Conversation with Holly Whitfield 

Holly Whitfield is the executive director of Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA), an LGBTQIA+ advocacy non-profit organization. As a woman of color in a leadership position, Holly has great insight on how to get a seat at the table and successfully navigate leadership spaces.

Waccamaw Indian People - Past, Present, and Future

Chief Harold "Buster" Hatcher has been the chief of the Waccamaw Indians for over 26 years and his wife, Susan, has been in tribal government for over 15 years. Together they gave a perspective of the lives of the native American community in today's society.

Hispanics, Latin Americans and Latinos Charleston - A Conversation with Enrique (Henry) Grace

Henry Grace is the CFO of the Charleston Hispanic Association. He shared the differences and richness of the Hispanic, Latin American, and Latino cultures here in Charleston.