Led by Vice Dean Ana Núñez, MD, FACP, our team collaborates in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) with faculty, staff, and learners across the Medical School, as well as partners from our communities to ensure we are celebrating diversity, encouraging conversations and addressing issues of inequities, bias and discrimination in our clinical programs, recruiting, curriculum, and research.
DEI Groups & Committees
American Indians in Medicine and Science (AIMS)
Acknowledging the importance of our tribal community partners and our own amazing Native American faculty, the American Indians in Medicine and Science (AIMS) group focuses on gathering Native American faculty members to discuss issues of common interest and provide support as they work on thriving and being responsive to Native American health issues and needs. How do I join? Please email ODEI at email@example.com to be added to our listserv and receive Zoom and other details about upcoming meetings.
BIPoC Scholars Community
To counter a big place, space and the isolation of COVID, ODEI created a new way to connect, network and provide support — the BIPOC Scholars Community. These bimonthly meetings alternate with ‘in real life’ and virtually to maximize connection across our two campuses. The goals of the gathering are to promote relationship development, synergies and address common issues and challenges. How do I join? Please sign up using this form to be added to our listserv and receive Zoom and other details about upcoming meetings.
Department Diversity Officers
The Medical School clinical and basic science departments address DEI-related faculty issues. Diversity Officers oversee departmental committees that engage in 1) establishing DEI charters or councils; 2) contributing to delineating core performance measures that support DEI; 3) serving as education hubs in the department; and 4) generating discipline-specific scholarship about DEI. The Departmental Diversity Officers receive their charge and priority from the Department Head with support from the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and meet on a bi-monthly basis.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
The Medical School’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee is responsible for fact finding, identifying and assessing best practices, and developing recommendations and outcomes related to diversity, inclusion and equity. Committee membership includes faculty, staff, students and trainees from the central and regional campuses.
LGBTQA+ Faculty Group
The LGBTQA+ Faculty Group was creating for faculty who feel an affinity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, ally, questioning and queer communities in the Medical School. Broad goals for the group include providing opportunities to socialize, community building and networking, sharing information and support and being involved in promoting an environment that accepts, values, supports and is safe for members of the LGBTQA+ communities. How do I join? Please email ODEI at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our listserv and receive Zoom and other details about upcoming meetings.
Training & Development
Dean’s Special Seminars
The Medical School Dean’s Lecture Series is a series of presentations offered to faculty, staff, and students in the Medical School community, as a response to critical issues that are emerging during the pandemic, as well as our efforts to address racial injustice and health disparities within our institution.
Words have power. Using the correct language is essential to communicate respect and inclusivity, acknowledge the complexity behind different issues, and can help us all understand a specific scenario before moving forward together. This is our list of commonly used words and phrases and how we define them.
The Equity and Diversity Certificate program is free for all current UMN students, staff, and faculty and helps participants develop tools necessary for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives.
The University of Minnesota Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) presents training in implicit bias that is customized for the Medical School. Implicit bias workshops are an important part of the Medical School’s efforts to cultivate an environment of diversity, inclusiveness, equal opportunity and respect for the similarities and differences in our community.
The Office of Faculty Affairs has collaborated with The Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education to host Bystander Training sessions.
AAMC Center for Health Justice updates weekly list of upcoming conferences, meetings, and webinars related to health equity research and policy.
Read | Listen | Watch
Our office has compiled a list of books and articles to read, podcasts to listen to, and videos to watch if you're interested in learning more from a variety of perspectives. This is not a comprehensive list, but rather is meant to serve as a starting point for learning, understanding, and engagement.
ODEI would like to know what you are reading, listening to, or watching! We welcome your suggestions on materials to add our list of resources. An archived list of previously suggested reading materials can be found here.
- Weaving Pathways: Talking With Our Elders, RRHJ
- Academic redlining in medicine, JNMA
- Minority Tax Reform - Avoiding Overtaxing Minorities When We Need Them Most, NEJM
- Science Has A Racism Problem, The Cell
- White Privilege Papers, Peggy McIntosh
- U of M Doctors Uncover Ethnic and Racial Disparities in Epilepsy Surgery
- 5 Powerful Ways to Take REAL Action on DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion)CCL
- How to Be an Active Bystander When You See Casual Racism, NYT
- AAMC Sexual & Gender Minority Health Resources
- "My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies" by Resmaa, Menakem
- Harriet A. Washington - Medical Apartheid
- How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- All My Relations | HOME - podcast hosted by Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) and Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation) to explore our relationships— relationships to land, to our creatural relatives, and to one another
- Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
- Art & Medicine: Speaking of Race (TPT film aired April 29, 2022)
- UMN Medical School Dean's Special Lecture Series: Addressing Whiteness and White Accountability
- Dr. Camara Jones' TEDX: Allegories on Race and Racism
- Vanessa Goes To the Doctor - a video highlighting the experiences of a transwoman navigating healthcare
- UMN Medical School Dean’s Special Lecture Series: Building Communities/Repairing Harm: Restorative Practices in Academic Medicine
- AAMC Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) Webinars
Meet Our Team
Research Coordinator, Center of American Indian & Minority Health
Administrative Director, Center of American Indian & Minority Health
Administrative Associate 2, Center for Women in Medicine and Science (CWIMS)
Program Assistant, Center for Women in Medicine and Science (CWIMS)
Director, Center of Multicultural Affairs and Engagement
Program Coordinator, Pipeline & Pathway Programs
Executive Assistant to Dr. Ana Núñez
Project Manager, Research & Community Engagement
DEI Learning & Development Manager
DEI Learning & Development Manager