Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The University of Minnesota Department of Orthopedic Surgery recognizes the significance of a diverse workforce and strives toward healthcare justice for all of our patient populations. We understand that we produce our best research, workplace culture, educational opportunities, and patient outcomes when equity, inclusion, and diversity are at the forefront. We are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable orthopedic department, respecting and valuing the contributions of diverse faculty, trainees, staff, and patients to achieve excellence in all we do.

Mid-September DEI Book Club Special Event with the Authors!

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Sponsored by 

Departments of Orthopedics and Surgery


Please join us for this special Joint Grand Rounds as we welcome editor Sun Yung Shin and contributing authors Shannon Gibney and IBé to discuss A Good Time for the Truth Race in Minnesota, a collection of essays by authors on what it is like living in Minnesota as a person of color.  

SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Please click this URL to join.


The reading guide for the book can be found HERE!



  • IBé (Chapter 5)
  • Shannon Gibney (Chapter 1)
  • Sun Yung Shin (Editor)
  • IBé (Chapter 5)

    Chapter 5: Trouble in Mind To Be Black is Blue in America

    IBé lives in the Middle of the Atlantic, between Guinea, Sierra Leone and America. As a poet and a writer; a griot if you would, though he could never be that where he was born. IBé is the recipient of numerous recognitions, such as Verve Grant and Midwestern Voices Award, but considers fatherhood his most valuable work. He’s recently planted a garden at his Minneapolis home where the flowers are the first audience to his new work. During the day, IBé works as an IT Project Manager and spends his in-between time looking for the perfect fries.


  • Shannon Gibney (Chapter 1)

    Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist, and the author of See No Color (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), and Dream Country (Dutton, 2018) young adult novels that won Minnesota Book Awards in 2016 and 2019. Gibney is faculty in English at Minneapolis College, where she teaches writing. A Bush Artist and McKnight Writing Fellow, her new novel, Botched, explores themes of transracial adoption through speculative memoir (Dutton, 2022). In October 2019, University of Minnesota Press released What God is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss By and For Native Women and Women of Color, which she co-edited with writer Kao Kalia Yang.

  • Sun Yung Shin (Editor)

    Sun Yung Shin is a writer, educator, and consultant who has received grants from the Bush Foundation, McKnight Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board for her work as a poet. She is the editor of three anthologies of essays focused on race and culture: What We Hunger For: Refugee & Immigrant Writers on Food & Family; A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota; and Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption. She is the author of four books of poems, including a Minnesota Book Award winner. Her forthcoming illustrated book for children, co-authored with Diane Wilson, Shannon Gibney, and John Coy, is titled Where We Come From and is forthcoming in fall 2022. She lives in Minneapolis with her family.

Mindful Moment - July!


Mindful Moment: My Role & Participation in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 


Equity and diversity work is about creating an inclusive environment built on trust and respect for all persons. It requires active listening, respect for each others’ experiences and intentional efforts to learn, change our habits, and confront our biases   . It requires all of us to be humble when we make a mistake. And it requires us to be an ally when we witness another person being targeted. 

This work is everyone’s responsibility and there are no “quick fixes”, rather, it’s a journey of personal awareness and the acceptance of others. This work occurs at every level – on the part of individuals, institutions, and society at large. The pace may differ but the work and the investment in the cause is shared. 

There are many ways to engage with the work of DEI. You may choose to join the book club and engage with these concepts through literature and discussion. You may engage publicly by sharing posts or links on social media. However you wish to participate in DEI we ask that you do take responsibility for your own actions and biases and that you commit to being an ally to your colleagues who may be targeted. You can be a leader in your own sphere and a force for change and growth in others. 

We are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable orthopedic department, respecting and valuing the contributions of diverse faculty, trainees, staff, and patients to achieve excellence in all we do. We ask that you join us in this mission and take an active role in creating this workplace where all may feel welcome and valued. 

From Lee Gardenswarts and Anita Rowe, Diverse Teams at Work, Irwin Professional Publishing, 1994

Resources and Supplemental Information     

We encourage you to seek educational opportunities offered by the Office for Equity and Diversity’s Education Program.Share this resource of U of M Affinity Groups and information on the systemwide Diversity Community of Practice. Support your staff members who need to carve out time to find community in affinity groups and other forms of support offered by our University community and the department.   

We strongly recommend enrolling in the Equity and Diversity Certificate Program through OED. For many, it has provided us an opportunity to learn more about equity and diversity work and how to apply learned skills in our personal and professional lives.  


Join the Orthopedic Surgery DE&I Committee to help advance initiatives and drive real change in our department. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM. Everyone is welcome to attend our monthly zoom meetings. Join us on July 14th with this zoom link:  DE&I Committee Meeting. 


Do you have an idea for a future Mindful Moment? Submit your topic HERE.

Please reach out to Joy Harken or Dr. Aaron Corfield with any questions or if you'd like to see something featured in a future Mindful Moment.


Our DEI Committee

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery's DEI committee was formed as part of the annual strategy to support a more diverse and equitable orthopedic department and improve patient care. Committee goals include implicit bias training for interviewers, more diversity topics and speakers of color at Grand Rounds, retreats focused on DEI initiatives, outreach to communities of color, and more. 


Aaron Corfield, DPM - Committee Chair
Joy Harken, MHA - Committee Co-Chair
Joan Bechtold, PhD
Joel Boyd, MD
Jonathan Braman, MD
Caitlin Chambers, MD
Jessica Downes, MD
Paul Hoogervorst, MD
Patrick Horrigan, MD
Amber Janish, LPN
David Jewison, MD
Michael Knudsen, MD
Bibi Mohamed
Patrick Morgan, MD
Amber Prahl
Lily Wood, MD


Our committee meets monthly as a large group. Please contact Joy Harken, MHA or Aaron Corfield, DPM for more information.


Click HERE to see what the DEI Committee accomplished in year 1!

Visiting Medical Student Scholarship for Underrepresented Populations in Orthopedics

The University of Minnesota is committed to achieving excellence through equity and diversity. We value having diverse views and experiences that enrich our academics and our profession as a whole. The Department of Orthopedic Surgery, in conjunction with the Medical School, has the goal of creating an atmosphere where differences are valued, leading to a culturally competent healthcare workforce qualified to meet the needs of the varied populations we serve.  

Our scholarship provides financial assistance for upcoming 3rdrd and 4thth year medical students (class of 2022 and 2023) who are planning a career in orthopedic surgery, and want to do a four-week away rotation at our site. Diverse students whose backgrounds and/or identities are underrepresented in orthopedics are encouraged to apply. The chosen applicants will be given a stipend of $1,000 to be used towards their lodging and/or travel expenses.  

Once the application deadline has passed, five scholarship applicants will be selected to be interviewed. Two applicants will be selected for the scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year.

To fill out an application for this scholarship click here.


  1. Must be an upcoming 3rdrd or 4thth year medical student
  2. Attend a domestic LCME-accredited medical school
  3. Provide a current CV
  4. Upload an unofficial transcript
  5. Letter of recommendation from a professional reference who can speak to your goals and academic experience (One letter of recommendation only)
  6. Provide a personal statement addressing how you contribute to diversity in orthopedics
  7. Provide Step 1 score by uploading an USMLE unofficial transcript
  8. Skype interview; If selected as a top five candidate

Selection will be based on a holistic approach. Students’ academic achievements, shown leadership, academic research, orthopedic interest, and good academic standings will all be considered when selecting candidates.


Deadline for all applications are due by February 1, 2021.

If you have any questions regarding this scholarship please contact,

Alyssa Boos at orthoed@umn.edu

Click here to download this document >>

Learning Opportunities

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The Department of Orthopedic Surgery hosts a DEI Book Club for faculty, residents, and staff. If you would like information about upcoming discussions, please reach out to Project Development Manager Joy Harken, MHA.


The University is committed to increasing diversity among its staff, faculty, and students in admissions, promotions, scholarship decisions, and other selection processes. The presence of implicit bias in these processes can inhibit this goal. This workshop exposes participants to the breadth of implicit bias research and will help them recognize shortcuts resulting from unconscious or unexamined bias. Participants will learn promising practices and resources for addressing implicit bias in the context of search and selection processes. Register hereFor more information about this workshop, contact Stef Jarvi at swilench@umn.edu or 612-624-0594.


March - Personal Pronouns

April - Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality

May - Asian American & Pacific Islander Experience an Increase in Racial Attacks

June - PRIDE

Submit your idea for a future Mindful Moment topic HERE!

Articles & Resources


WHERE IT STARTS: Where it Starts is a new series by the University of Minnesota of videos, interviews, and articles featuring Black community members to celebrate Black History Month. You can access the series HERE. 

PROJECT IMPLICIT: Project Implicit is a nonprofit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet. Learn more or take a test here >>



IMPLICIT BIAS IN MEDICAL SCHOOL ADMISSIONS: The paper by Quinn Capers, MD, Daniel Clinchot, MD, Leon McDougle, MD, and Anthony Greenwald, PhD, is being used as a framework for the department's own implicit bias training.



U of M Orthopedist Works to Attract and Retain Diversity in Orthopedic Surgery and on the Ice

University of Minnesota Leaders Pave the Path for Women in Orthopedics

U of M Orthopedic Work Abroad: Making Patients Better One Country at a Time

Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Women and Minorities in Orthopaedics: AOA Critical Issues Symposium