Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is one of the eight strategic domains for UNMC Department of Dermatology. We strive to be a model department in these areas. The University of Nebraska Medical Center's (UNMC) goal is to "advance the programs & culture of UNMC as an exemplary culturally sensitive, diverse & inclusive organization in its mission of transforming lives." UNMC promotes equal educational and employment opportunities in an academic and work environment, free from discrimination and/or harassment.
Dr. Kristie Hayes serves as the Director of Diversity for the Department of Dermatology and is involved nationally, along with Dr. Wysong, in these efforts. The department has a DEI Committee, led by Dr. Hayes and Karle Olnes as the administrative partner, made up of faculty, residents, students and staff. The department is involved locally and nationally in diversity efforts and selects program leaders who have demonstrated awareness and willingness to engage in equity and inclusion. Our faculty are also involved in national dermatology diversity mentorship and leadership programs through the Women's Dermatologic Society, the American Academy of Dermatology and others.
The UNMC Department of Dermatology has numerous strategies and initiatives to increase recruitment, selection and retention of a diverse workforce. A few things you should know about us:
- We do not tolerate racism, sexism or discrimination of any kind.
- Our department undergoes annual unconscious and implicit bias training of all faculty, trainees and staff.
- We have an inclusive resident physician recruitment and selection policy including minimizing the use of filters and performing individual level review of all NRMP/residency applications.
- We are committed to creating and maintaining a welcoming and safe environment for all learners, faculty, staff and patients.
- We perform annual reviews and have developed metrics to ensure equality in pay, support and opportunity.
- We have created a culture of inclusion and encourage a balance between professional and personal lives.
- I AM HOME – Interdisciplinary Association of Minority Health Professionals of the Omaha Metropolitan Area
- We Strive - WE STRIVE is the interdisciplinary association of women and allies at UNMC/Nebraska Medicine.
- LGBTQ+ Employee Alliance Group
- Nebraska Medicine and UNMC Staff Well-being
- UNMC Wellness Council
- Emerging Professionals Program
- G.R.A.D.S. Student Group
- Graduates & Professionals Representing Achievement Diversity and Service (G.R.A.D.S.) is an inclusive group of graduate and professional students from across campus who are committed to providing a supportive network, representative of diverse backgrounds reaching toward achievement, encouraging diversity and providing service to the UNMC campus and Omaha community.
- The group's goal is to serve as a bridge to connect and support underrepresented students at UNMC that are often overlooked and not as welcomed/substantiated upon matriculation throughout their course of study or training.
- G.R.A.D.S. meetings are open to all UNMC students. The meetings are 12-1 p.m. in the Sorrell Center, Room 3029 on the second Thursday of every month.
- Bridge to Care: Bridge to Care is an interdisciplinary student organization at UNMC that focuses on improving the health outcomes for recently resettled refugees in the Omaha area.
- Summer Health Professions Education Program
- UHOP -- Urban Health Opportunities Program
- RHOP -- Rural Health Opportunities Program