Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

We are deeply committed to furthering diversity and inclusion at the Munroe-Meyer Institute. It is our charge to support underrepresented faculty, staff and students to being advocates for the patients and families that MMI serves. It's critical for us to continue to examine and reflect on our relationships, the environment and culture within MMI and take action!

Munroe-Meyer Institute building at night with rainbow pride LED canopy lighting

Mission: To actively commit to creating, cultivating and continuously evaluating ways to support an inclusive culture that embraces diversity so our MMI community feels valued, empowered and fully engaged in an environment that is healthy, safe and thriving. 

UNMC defines Diversity, Inclusion and Equity: Core Principles as defined by the Association of American Colleges & Universities.

Core Principles


Individual differences (e.g., personality, learning styles, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, and ability as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations).


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.


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.


The term 'Equity-Mindedness' refers to the perspective or mode of thinking exhibited by practitioners who call attention to patterns of inequity in student outcomes. These practitioners are willing to take personal and institutional responsibility for the success of their students, and critically reassess their own practices. It also requires that practitioners are race-conscious and aware of the social and historical context of exclusionary practices in American Higher Education. (Center for Urban Education, University of Southern California)

Jacqueline Hankins-Berry in a blue sweater and Graciela Sharif in a yellow sweater outside of the Munroe-Meyer Institute on UNMC's main campus

Jacqueline Hankins-Berry (left) and Graciela Sharif (right) outside of the old location of the Munroe-Meyer Institute at the UNMC main campus.

Executive Committee (Co-Chairs)

Jackie Hankins-Berry | email
Graciela Sharif | email

Member Roles, Responsibilities

Members of the D&I Committee are expected to contribute actively to the array of activities designed to advance the diversity and inclusion conversation within and outside MMI. Each member is expected to fully commit to the vision and work of the D&I Council in carrying out the MMI’s D&I Strategic Plan goals and objectives. 

If you are interested in joining the Diversity and Inclusion Council at Munroe-Meyer, apply here.

Thank you for committing to be part of the change!



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