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). 


Catherine Bendel, MD

Cathy bendel

Vice Chair for Equity and Diversity
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council Chair
Associate Professor

Deanna Loggins, MEd

Deanna Loggins

Diversity Equity & Inclusion Program Manager
Department of Pediatrics

Our Action Plan:

  • Continuous evaluation of diversity in the department
  • Educate faculty and staff
  • Recruit and retain trainees and faculty from underrepresented groups
  • Address healthcare disparities in our institution
  • Support these initiatives throughout the department

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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.

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