Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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.  The UNMC College of Medicine (COM) is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for all members of the academic community, including students, residents, fellows, faculty, administration, and staff. 


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 that meets monthly. 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, the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), the Association of Professors of Dermatology (APD), 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:



DEI Opportunities for URiMs in Dermatology

The Dr. Kristie Hayes Visiting URiM Medical Student Externship in Dermatology is an available, visiting externship that will be awarded to rising 4th-year Underrepresented Minority Students in Medicine (URiMs) interested in dermatology to receive funding for travel, lodging, and board for a 1-month sub-I clinical rotation at UNMC Dermatology. This rotation may be done in the months of June, August, or September.  Applications must be received by May 1st each year.

The Karle Cordova Olnes UNMC Dermatology URiM Summer Medical Student Research Fellowship is an award available to Underrepresented Minority Students in Medicine (URiMs) interested in dermatology to perform basic, translational, clinical or outcomes research during the summer between M1 and M2 years in medical school.  This award is open to UNMC and outside medical students, however, preferences will be given to UNMC medical students. This research fellowship is typically performed in June, July, and August each year.  Applications should be sent to Sushmita Adhikari, Research Associate & Coordinator: susadhikari@unmc.edu by April 1st each year.


Adapted from the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

Diversity: Individual differences, (e.g., personality, prior knowledge, and life experiences), group and social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, indigeneity, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, country of origin, and (dis)ability), historically underrepresented populations, and cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations.

Inclusion: The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity — in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect — in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions.

Equity: The creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access to and participate in educational programs that are capable of closing the achievement gaps in student success and completion.

Inclusive Excellence: Designed to help colleges and universities integrate diversity, equity, and educational quality efforts into their missions and institutional operations. It calls for higher education to address diversity, inclusion, and equity as critical to the well-being of democratic culture. It is an active process through which colleges and universities achieve excellence in learning, teaching, student development, institutional functioning, and engagement in local and global communities.

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