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 ms-odei@umn.edu 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 ms-odei@umn.edu 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.

DEI Definitions

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.

UMN Office of Equity & Diversity (OED) Certificate Program

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.

Implicit Bias Workshops

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. 

Bystander Training

The Office of Faculty Affairs has collaborated with The Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education to host Bystander Training sessions. 

Upcoming AAMC Health Equity Conferences, Meetings, and Webinars

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.

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  • 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

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Meet Our Team

 
Ana Núñez, MD, FACP
Vice Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Mya Wilson, DHA, MPH, MBA
Administrative Director

Anja K. Bielinsky, PhD
Associate Dean for Research & Gender Equity

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Jill Foster, MD
Associate Dean for Pipelines & Pathways, COVID Community Taskforce Co-lead

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Taj Mustapha, MD
Assistant Dean for Equity & Strategy Chief

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Mary Owen, MD
Assistant Dean for Equity & Strategy Chief

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Mangan Golden
Research Coordinator, Center of American Indian & Minority Health

Kyrsten Olson
Administrative Director, Center of American Indian & Minority Health

Kaitlyn Macheledt
Administrative Associate 2, Center for Women in Medicine and Science (CWIMS)

Sophie Watson
Program Assistant, Center for Women in Medicine and Science (CWIMS)

Mary Tate
Director, Center of Multicultural Affairs and Engagement

Barbara Porwit
Program Coordinator, Pipeline & Pathway Programs

Aneisha Tucker
Executive Assistant to Dr. Ana Núñez

Dia Yang, MS
Project Manager, Research & Community Engagement

Matt Amundson
DEI Learning & Development Manager

Shanea Turner-Smith
DEI Learning & Development Manager

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