Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Council

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 to Diversity

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 faculty members serving on the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council (EDIC).

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

Awards & Recognition

The Department of Pediatrics has a long tradition of honoring faculty and learners who exemplify excellence in teaching, research, and service.

Excellence in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Faculty Recognition Award

Awarded annually to the individual who demonstrates exemplary leadership and efforts to support and create a diverse and inclusive workplace, along with an educational environment where our learners can understand the needs of diverse individuals, patients, families and populations, including work in health care disparities or with underserved populations.  Recipients may demonstrate this commitment across a wide range of activities including: efforts to support recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and/or trainees; teaching and/or research that expand our understanding of equity and inclusiveness; creation/promotion of multicultural programing; community outreach initiatives; or other activities in the area of equity, diversity and inclusion. This award is one of many Faculty Recognition Awards presented at the annual Julie Ross Faculty Recognition Event.  See Award Recipients

Want to nominate a colleague?

Nominations will be solicited annually in the fall, and may also be submitted to Cathy Bendel, Associate Chair for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Equity and Diversity Certificate

The Equity and Diversity Certificate helps participants develop tools necessary for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. It’s free of charge and open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni on all campuses of the University of Minnesota. See Certificate Holders

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 Pictured (L-R): Drs. Karim Sadak, Catherine Bendel, Matthew Armfield, Priya Verghese, and Kumar Belani; Robin Irwin