Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


UNMC Med-Peds Residency supports ongoing efforts in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion within our residency family, patients, institution and community.  We acknowledge that by doing this we are committing to lifelong learning, listening, and action, and we are ready.  We are committed to supporting and fostering a diverse and inclusive environment within our program that respects and celebrates the things that make us each different, whether that be our ethnic background, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious or culture beliefs, the color of our skin, disabilities or nation of origin.  We celebrate our differences!

  • We are served and supported by females in program leadership.   

  • In our med-peds continuity clinic, we serve North Omaha, an area of town that is rich in history and culture from the birthplace of Malcolm X and the location of the Mormon Pioneer’s Winter Quarters, with a population of nearly 60% African American according to recent census data.  

  • Internal Medicine Associate Program Director Dr. Jasmine Marcelin developed and is chairing the Developing an Inclusive and Varied Environment for Residents, Students and Educators (DIVERSE) Taskforce. We support and are engaged in this taskforce that is composed of Internal Medicine residents, chief residents, medical students, faculty, and staff.  The goal of the DIVERSE Taskforce is to ensure that the UNMC Internal Medicine residency program reflects the diversity of our patient population and that our residency provides an inclusive environment for underrepresented residents to succeed. Underrepresented groups include racial and ethnic minorities, first generation college graduates, LGBTQ+ applicants, applicants with disabilities, and applicants that come from a lower socioeconomic status.

  • Dr. Shirley Delair, MD, MPH, was recently appointed as Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion effective November 1, 2020. 

Picture of Helen Grace that is by Watie White and on display at Kaneko

Picture of Helen Grace, Organizer of UNMC chapter of White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL) by Watie White on display at Kaneko

  • A portion of our weekly announcements/newsletter focuses is entitled “Diversity and Inclusion Corner,” where topics pertinent to the community are shared in order to learn and raise awareness.  For example, The Omaha Star - Omaha is the home to the oldest Black Female found and run newspaper in the countryThe Union for Contemporary Art and Restoring Dignity just to name a few.

  • We are active in institutional endeavors including UNMC LGBTQ+ AllianceWhite Coats for Black Lives, and the UNMC Food Pantry among many others.  

  • We integrate topics of diversity and inclusion into our monthly curriculum, this year focusing on Social Determinants of Health.  

  • We are fortunate to live amongst and care for immigrants from Mexico, Myanmar, Cuba, Iraq, India, Vietnam, Sudan (around 10 different tribes), Russia, Syria, and Somalia among many others. 

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  • The Department of Pediatrics has an Antiracism Committee open to all faculty, residents, and staff. The committee has nearly 30 department members and is co-chaired by three outstanding faculty: Drs. Helen Grace, Geetanjali Rathore, and Ruben Quiros.  Under the direction of the co-chairs, the committee is undertaking a three-fold mission to: (1) develop a statement resolving to function as an antiracist department; (2) develop a strategic plan—beginning with an environmental assessment—to move us forward; and, (3) continue as a standing committee to monitor implementation and ensure accountability.