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). 

EDI Faculty Spotlight

Maria Kroupina

Maria Kroupina, PhD
Associate Professor
Division of Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience

Dr. Maria Kroupina highlights EDI initiatives in the Birth to Three and Early Mental Health Program.

Read more about her work and initiatives

Most Recent EDI Grand Rounds

March 15, 2023

Equity: The missing domain of healthcare, Do we really care that it is missing?

James C. Burroughs II, JD
Government & Community Relations
Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer

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Catherine 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.

Anjali Goel Headshot

Anjali Goel, MD, MPH
Associate Chair of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Assistant Professor
Division of Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience

Deanna Loggins

Deanna Loggins, MEd
Diversity Equity & Inclusion Program Manager
Department of Pediatrics

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University Of Minnesota Title IX Statement

As required by Title IX, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any of its education programs or activities, including in admissions and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX can be directed to the University’s Title IX Coordinators or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights. Please see the University of Minnesota’s Title IX Statement (eoaa.umn.edu/resources) and the University’s policy (policy.umn.edu/hr/sexharassassault) for information about: (1) how to contact the Title IX Coordinators on the University’s campuses; (2) how to report or file a formal complaint of sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, sexual assault, stalking or relationship violence; and (3) the University’s procedures for responding to reports and formal complaints.

2023 Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Calendar

Here is a resource to find out about professional, cultural, religious, and secular holidays. Stay tuned for a DEI google calendar that can be added to your work calendar to stay updated on holidays and events.