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Diversity and Inclusion Summit Speaker Spotlight: Dr. Myriam E. Torres

Posted by: Naomi Lin on Friday, September 15, 2017

South Carolinian Hispanics or Latinos make multiple contributions to the state’s economy sharing business, lead­ership, education, labor and other skills. Latinos represent nearly 6% of the state’s total population and are one of the fastest growing segments of the state’s population. These newcomers bring tremendous strengths despite adverse circumstances a large number face who live in low-wealth communities. For South Carolina to compete economically, culturally respon­sive services are needed for ethnic minorities, immigrant and refugee families to excel and thrive. Integrating everyone yields tremendous benefits for South Carolina, ultimately contributing to shared prosperity and economic vitality for all.

As a research and professor, Dr. Myriam E. Torres will provide insights and answers to these questions and more at the 2017 Diversity Summit, LEVERAGING HUMAN DIFFERENCE: A Strategic Priority for Business Success & Community Prosperity. Through her workshop presentation, “Latino immigrants making an Impact: Challenges and Opportunities in the South and Nationwide,” participants will understand Hispanics or Latinos’ economic/social power and influence in our state as a rapidly increasing population.  

Dr. Torres has spent 23 years on serving the University of South Carolina in different positions. Currently, she plays two main roles in the university: one is the Director of the Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies; the other one is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Arnold School of Public Health. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Epidemiology at the Arnold School of Public Health and the SC Honors College. She finished a post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center in the Arnold School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy Services and Management. 

Dr. Torres earned her Ph.D. and a Master of Science in Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of South Carolina. Her master degree is in Public Health from the Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia; she received her bachelor degree in Nursing from the Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia.

Dr. Torres’ research interests include health issues among Latinos living in the US and factors related to migration from Latin American countries. She is currently analyzing data for a study exploring the experiences of Latinos during the 2015 Floods in South Carolina; she was also the PI of the study ELLAS study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded project “Juntas Podemos (Together we Can) Empowering Latinas to Shape Policy to Prevent Childhood Obesity” and the first “US-Mexico Border Health Chartbook” funded by the HRSA and ORHP. Dr. Torres works with several organizations/agencies in South Carolina to provide workshops related to working with Latinos.

The Greenville Chamber of Commerce is pleased and delighted to have Dr. Myriam E. Torres as a Presenter for the 2017 Diversity Summit, LEVERAGING HUMAN DIFFERENCE: A Strategic Priority for Business Success & Community Prosperity. This Summit is scheduled for October 17, 2017 from 9 am to 6 pm at the TD Convention Center. This full day experience will engage business and community leaders across a wide range of private/public sectors and will consists of an opening plenary with keynote speaker, a luncheon with a keynote speaker and approximately 9 different workshops offered in between. The day will end with a LEVERAGE. LAUNCH. LEAD Networking Reception for all guests and speakers.

We have secured a dynamic roster of presenters who are all national and international experts skilled in a wide array of diversity strategies. This is a tremendous opportunity to learn from authorities who have years of experience. Viewing diversity and inclusion as a leadership function is vital for professional and personal development.  The summit will address a variety of topics relevant to helping leaders more effectively manage and value human difference to create high performing organizations and thriving communities. A full listing of session descriptions, speaker bios and registration information can be found online here.

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