MUSC’s 6th annual Inclusion to Innovation Summit to feature three national DEI powerhouses

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Sept. 19, 2022) –The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) will be hosting its sixth annual Inclusion to Innovation Summit virtually on Nov.7.The summit, designed to be a forum for honest and challenging conversations about inclusion and innovation, will feature a keynote lineup that includes Christopher King, Ph.D.; Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D.; and Isabel Wilkerson. King currently serves as the inaugural dean of the new School of Health at Georgetown University and is the author of “Health Disparities in the Black Community: An Imperative for Racial Equity in the District of Columbia.” DiAngelo is an affiliate associate professor of education at the University of Washington and is the author of the New York Times best seller “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” as well as other books and guides. Wilkerson, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, is the author of “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” featured in Oprah Winfrey’s book club in 2020.

“There has never been a more urgent time to provide individuals and organizations with the access to resources and conversations about best practices in the ‘field’ – to effectively engage in critical conversations and develop strategic intentions related to the intersection of inclusion and innovation. MUSC’s sixth annual summit is designed to do just that,” said chief equity officer Willette Burnham-Williams, Ph.D. “Attendees will learn with and from one another as they hear from national leaders who share inclusive and innovative strategies – our opportunities and challenges before us – in a safe and engaging format where authentic conversations are encouraged.”

The summit will also feature interactive breakout sessions and is free to MUSC students. Topics range from building and strengthening the network of DEI leadership both internally and externally to leveraging data analytics to lead diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

MUSC most recently was named a recipient of the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award by INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. For the fifth year in a row, MUSC was among the HEED award recipients as well as being named a Diversity Champion, which ranks in the top tier of HEED Award recipients.

Interested parties in the summit may register here.


About MUSC

Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system, with a unique mission to preserve and optimize human life in South Carolina through education, research and patient care. Each year, MUSC educates more than 3,000 students in six colleges – Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy – and trains more than 850 residents and fellows in its health system. MUSC brought in more than $327.6 million in research funds in fiscal year 2021, leading the state overall in research funding. MUSC also leads the state in federal and National Institutes of Health funding, with more than $220 million. For information on academic programs, visit

As the health care system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest quality and safest patient care while educating and training generations of outstanding health care providers and leaders to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Patient care is provided at 14 hospitals with approximately 2,500 beds and five additional hospital locations in development; more than 350 telehealth sites, with connectivity to patients’ homes; and nearly 750 care locations situated in all regions of South Carolina. In 2022, for the eighth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina. To learn more about clinical patient services, visit

MUSC and its affiliates have collective annual budgets totaling $4.4 billion. The nearly 25,000 MUSC team members include world-class faculty, physicians, specialty providers, scientists, students, affiliates and care team members who deliver and support groundbreaking education, research, and patient care.