Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

The Department of Pediatrics seeks to attain a diverse, vital environment through the recruitment, hiring, and retention of faculty, staff, and trainees who are underrepresented in medicine and underrepresented in Minnesota.

Our Commitment

The Department recognizes the need to become a more diverse organization reflecting the community in which we exist and whom we serve. Excellence is achieved when equity and diversity are infused into all aspects of scholarship and patient care. We strive for an environment and culture of inclusiveness, equal opportunity, and respect for all department members without regard for race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, apparent and non-apparent disabilities, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Our Goals

The overarching goal is to advocate for a culture of equity, inclusion and diversity in the Department of Pediatrics. In addition, as physician educators and researchers, we must strive to address disparities in the provision of health care and education, along with the focus of research. This work is being lead by the departmental Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council (EDIC). The work of EDIC is advised by our Trainee Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council (T-EDIC). 

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Book Club

Led by our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council, we are engaging in a department-wide, small group book club that will culminate in a department-wide meeting the afternoon of December 15, 2020. The December meeting is to discuss our priorities for anti-racist initiatives and climate change throughout the Department of Pedatrics. Thank you to all faculty, staff, and trainees engaging in this opportunity to learn and connect with each other so that we as a department continue to promote a more just and equitable community that honors and respects all members.

We are reading How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. This book has been chosen as it is widely read and will help to build a common language and framework for discussions within our department as well as across the medical school.

For more information, please contact Robin Irwin (irwi0043@umn.edu) or Dr. Anjali Goel (goel0010@umn.edu).

Most Recent EDI Grand Rounds

November 18, 2020 

Pandemics, Policing and Protest: On Racism, Adversity and Child Health

Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH
Public Health Advocate and Scholar  

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EDI Spotlight


Dr. Cathy Bendel

Catherine Bendel, MD
Vice Chair for Equity and Diversity
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council Chair
Associate Professor

I am honored to chair the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council. I firmly believe that we are stronger and more enlightened as a community, when we embrace our differences. I have committed my career to recognizing excellence in and advancing opportunities for women and others who are underrepresented in medicine. Respect. Everyone. Every Day.