Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

George Floyd Memorial

Mural created by Xena Goldman, Cadex Herrera, Greta McLain, Niko Alexander, and Pablo Hernande

The University of Minnesota Medical School, Department of Medicine, is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion as an essential strategy to support all members of our academic community: faculty, trainees, staff, and the patients and communities we serve.  We strive for a culture of inclusive excellence in which our commitment to the core values of equity and diversity are reflected in all of our clinical care, research, education, and service activities.


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Dr. Hassan joined the University of Minnesota in 2004. He is a Professor of Medicine in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, with an interest in the fields of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This interest stems from his experience as a refugee from Africa. Dr. Hassan trained in Europe and is now a US citizen. He serves as the Director of Diversity for the Department of Medicine.

Mohamed Hassan, MD

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Dr. Cuong Pham is a refugee from Viet Nam. He and his parents fled Viet Nam by boat. Through that journey, he ended up in Minnesota and has never left. The University of Minnesota has been an integral part of his training from beginning to end, including undergraduate, medical school, and Med/Peds residency. Now as faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine, he chairs the Graduate Medical Education Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee, facilitates talks on diversity and racism throughout the medical school, and integrates equity into his daily clinical practice. His clinical work at the Community-University Health Care Center focuses on the health of marginalized populations, particularly the indigenous and immigrant populations. Finally, his research in addiction care is rooted in collaborative work with the local community.

Cuong Pham, MD

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Health Equity Spotlight

Rosebud Indian Reservation Partnership

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The Division of General Internal Medicine has had the honor of developing an early partnership with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the Indian Health Service in Rosebud, SD, to add support to the effort of improving health equity and health care delivery on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. Through this partnership, GIM and the University of Minnesota Physicians currently support five clinicians providing general medicine and pediatric care in Rosebud, work with community and IHS agency partners to develop health equity-focused curricula for medicine and pediatrics residents, and aid the tribe if requested related to health program promotion. Our active members include Drs. Adriana Dhawan, Anteneh Zewde, Mike Sundberg, and the chief residents from our global medicine and pediatric residency program.

University Resources

  • Resources for Alumni to Support Their Communities: Information recommended by the University of MN Alumni Association, Black Alumni Network, and  Multicultural Alumni Network that focuses on the University’s response to the death of George Floyd, supporting communities impacted by this tragedy, anti-racism tools, and learning about Black History at the University.

  • UMN Office of Equity and Diversity: Offers resources to support the recruitment and retention of diverse students, staff, and faculty; creates programs and initiatives that contribute to a welcoming campus environment; and works with University and community partners to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion across the University system.

  • UMN Affinity Groups: Provide opportunities for diverse faculty, staff, and students to build community and make the University of Minnesota a more welcoming and inclusive place to work and learn. Faculty and staff can connect with a group to join their mailing lists, learn about upcoming events, programs, and meetings, and get involved.

  • Medical School Diversity and Inclusion: Learn about the Medical School’s commitment to fostering a work and learning environment where institutional diversity fuels the advancement of knowledge, promotes improved patient care, and fosters excellence. 

  • Bias Response Referral Network (BRRN): Responds to reports of bias incidents on the Twin Cities campus to support the University’s commitment to equity and diversity, free speech, and academic freedom.