The MU School of Health Professions appointed Dr. Kristin Flynn Peters as the Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence

Dr. Kristin Flynn Peters will be utilizing her experience and expertise in the areas of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in an official capacity to tailor professional development opportunities and initiatives in collaboration with departments as they continue to develop their efforts to achieve inclusive excellence.   

“I am excited to help further the Inclusion, Diversity and Equity work at SHP, where so many faculty, staff and students are dedicated to making health care a better place for people of all backgrounds,” said Dr. Flynn Peters.

Dr. Flynn Peters is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Health Sciences. Within SHP, she has served as the chair for the Dean’s Ad Hoc Committee on Inclusion, and co-chair for the Task Force for Student Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Flynn Peters also taught multiple courses in the Department of Health Sciences, including Clinical Ethics. She currently serves as a mentor to the Diversity Across the Curriculum Committee and the SHP Student Committee on Inclusion. 

“Dr. Flynn-Peters has been a valuable source of ideas and advocacy for promoting inclusive excellence in SHP for many years,” said Dr. Reid-Arndt, Senior Associate Dean. “This opportunity to serve as a Faculty Fellow comes at a time of increasing momentum across SHP for growth in inclusive practices, and so her dedicated time to these efforts will be especially valuable.”

Across campus Dr. Flynn Peters serves on the Council for Inclusive Excellence (providing feedback and advisory role to the IDE office and Chancellor) and the Diversity Advisory Council of the University of Missouri Health System. Dr. Flynn Peters is a trained facilitator for NCCJ-St. Louis, an organization focused on experiential learning to help advance equity, promote justice, and build community. 

 “As a team, we will help individual departments assess their strengths and identify areas of growth,” said Dr. Flynn Peters. As a member of that team, I will be particularly focused on helping departments initiate plans for recruiting and retaining faculty from underrepresented backgrounds.”

Dr. Reid-Arndt said, “As Dr. Flynn-Peters works to support the individual priorities and initiatives of SHP programs and departments, I’m enthusiastic about the progress that we’ll see in our shared SHP goal of creating inclusive experiences and environment for our students, staff and faculty.”