University of Nebraska Medical Center

Committed to Equity & Inclusion

Our Mission

Our mission aims to create a welcoming, familial, and supportive environment for all those that work for and our served by our department. We strive to foster a culture that seeks out diversity, in thought and background, recognizes the long arm of historical and current social injustices in our community, and actively promotes policies and practices which create inclusion and equity. The Department of Family Medicine is committed to recruiting and supporting residents, fellows, students, faculty, and staff from diverse background that represent the diversity of our patients coming from a wide range of urban, suburban and rural parts of Nebraska and Iowa.  

Our Vision

We have set our sights on being a sought after department to work in because members can be their authentic self, be supported to achieve their potential, and their uniqueness is valued. We aim to be leaders in incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion into all resident, students and faculty education.   

Bias and harassment should never occur here or anywhere. The UNMC Department of Family Medicine takes all reports of bias and harassment seriously. There are several ways to report incidents using the tools below. Remember, anonymity is fundamental, however, providing contact information can help us reach out confidentially to obtain more information if needed to better address concerns.  

Where to Report

Bias Reporting Tool

All reports are directed to Dr. Phillip Covington and Dr. Sherrita Strong in the Office of Student Success.

Ombuds Program

The UNMC Ombuds are confidential consultants who help faculty, staff and students to solve work and school-related problems and conflicts through off-the-record conversations.

Employee Resource Groups

Employees are encouraged to find authentic connection and community with others by joining an employee resource group. Membership is open to all Nebraska Medicine and UNMC staff and students.

Nebraska Medicine DEI Team

The Nebraska Medicine team works hard to promote inclusion, diversity and belonging efforts to create an inclusive culture.

Department Leadership

Individuals can report to Chair, Dr. Jeffrey Harrison, or Associate Program Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Neil Kalsi.


Title IX applies to all educational institutions, both public and private, that receive federal funds.

DEI in Family Medicine

A look at our progress in the Department of Family Medicine

Combating Racism in Medicine

This special walking tour, called “Combating Racism in Medicine,” focuses on racial injustices in the health care system. Sponsored by Family Medicine assistant professor, Dr. Jennifer Liu, with contributions from Family Medicine Sub-Intern Mark Carter, and College of Medicine graduate, Dr. Donovan Allen.

UNMC employees kneel outside the Buffett Cancer Center for White Coats for Black Lives.

UNMC and Nebraska Medicine Resources