University of Nebraska Medical Center

Antiracism Committee

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University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Pediatrics Antiracism Statement

The Department of Pediatrics acknowledges that racism is systematic, and its influence must be proactively identified and intentionally addressed in order for our department to:

  • Attract the best talent
  • Engender the most impactful research
  • Meaningfully connect and care for our patients
  • Deliver instruction to our learners that makes all feel welcome and valued

In short, being antiracist makes our department better in all areas.

The Antiracism Committee aims to foster a more diverse, equitable and inclusive department through the efforts of our four actions groups:

  • Visibility Activities - Promote our values of diversity, equity and inclusion by consistently keeping topics in front of the department
  • Strategic Diversity Building - Identify and implement strategies (recruitment and retention) to enhance diversity across the department
  • Preventing & Addressing Discrimination - Improve reporting processes and constructively address challenges
  • Curriculum Improvement - Work with program director's and others to plan and implement DEI curriculum components

Leadership Co-Chairs

Assistant Professor, Division of General Pediatrics

Helen Grace, DO

Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Professor, Pediatrics and Surgery
Medical Director, Pediatric Liver & Intestinal Transplantation
Medical Director, Weight & Wellness Specialty Care
Vice Chair, Culture

Ruben E. Quiros, MD

Associate Professor, Division of Neurology

Geetanjali Rathore, MD

Administrative Contacts

Jackie Ostronic

Project Manager

Jackie Ostronic