The Equity Initiative’s program team officially welcomed the 2021 Fellows to the start of their induction year during an online orientation session on March 10. The session was designed as an opportunity for the Fellows to get to know each other and to preview of the program’s signature blend of peer, experiential, and online learning. With travel restrictions still in place, several of the learning events are being transformed for virtual learning, with the expectation that in-person gatherings may resume in the second half of the program year. However, as the program team explained, the curricular goals of “know-do-be” remain intact, driven by the 3 C’s of comprehension (What do we want Fellows to know?); competency (What do we want Fellows to be able to do?); and commitment (What do we want Fellows to be?).
The Fellows – who represent 12 countries and a wide range of professions – showed enthusiasm for deepening their knowledge of health equity, developing their leadership abilities, and building connections with each other. While COVID’s “new normal” has brought changes to EI program components, the program team and Fellows welcome the new challenge to “learn by doing”!