Article courtesy of Minnesota Monthly
Lor Lee works to provide tools to Mayo Clinic staff to identify and confront discrimination outside the medical center’s walls. The son of Hmong immigrants, he arrived in the U.S. when he was about 7 months old. “My parents made the ultimate sacrifice to change the trajectory of the lives of their family forever,” he says. “In all that I do, I honor their sacrifice and the lessons they’ve taught me.”
With more than 18 years of experience working with both educational and health care institutions, Lee has helped organizations develop initiatives focused on increasing diversity and cultural competence, while maintaining a sense of common purpose and shared values. Lee graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, and received a Masters of Science degree in organization development from Capella University.
His work goals are to provide high-quality, culturally appropriate care, increase the diversity of Mayo Clinic patients, improve inclusiveness of diverse employees, increase women and minority representation, and identify and eliminate health disparities. Mayo Clinic has invested $100 million over the next 10 years into recruitment, retention, equitable telehealth services, and more, and its “EverybodyIN” campaign aims to equip staff with skills to address racism inside and outside Mayo, while hosting conversations focused on race, racism, and equity.
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