Antiracism Committee



The Committee will draft a statement of departmental commitment to antiracism, complete an assessment of current policies and processes, create a strategic plan for improvement, and monitor and report on the plan’s implementation.


The Department of Pediatrics resolves to identify and challenge issues of racial, ethnic and social injustice in our patient care, teaching, service and scholarship. We challenge ourselves to understand and correct inequities, eradicate oppression, and commit to explicitly and publicly affirm our identity as an antiracist academic department. 


The Antiracism Committee encourages faculty, students, staff and visitors to browse the resources compiled by CityMatCH.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Conference: Diversity in Research

May 27: 8:00 a.m. - Noon

The UNMC Department of Pediatrics Antiracism Committee invites you to its second annual DEI Conference. 

These are the agenda elements confirmed at this time.

8:00-8:05am (CDT) 

Opening & Welcome, land acknowledgment, research participant acknowledgement, speaker introduction 


Geetanjali Rathore, MD 

Associate Professor, Pediatric Neurology 

University of Nebraska Medical Center 

Children's Hospital & Medical Center 

Co-Chair, Antiracism Committee 

8:05-9:00am (CDT) 


Keynote Speaker (need title) 



Tukufu Zuberi, PhD, the Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations, and Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania  

9:00-9:15am (CDT) 

Update from the Antiracism Committee 

Committee Co-Chairs: 

Ruben Quiros, MD Professor, Division Chief, Gastroenterology 

Helen Grace, DO Assistant Professor, General Pediatrics 

Geetanjali Rathore, MD Associate Professor, Neurology 

Chad Abresch, PhD – Assistant Professor; Division Chief, Child Health Policy; Exec. Director, CityMatCH 

9:15-10:00am (CDT) 


Campus/ Community Initiatives 


  • CityMatCH 
  • Child Health Research Institute - Dr. Ann Anderson Berry - 
  • White Coats for Black Lives - Yasmeen Bora, UNMC Chapter of White Coats for Black Lives, President and Ryan Boyland, UNMC Chapter of White Coates for Black Lives, Director of Advocacy & Policy) 


10:00-10:10am (CDT) 



10:10-11:10am (CDT) 


Moderated Panel Session: Diversity in Research at UNMC: improving engagement with the communities we serve across Nebraska and globally. 

  • Siobhan Wescott, MD, MPH 
  • Keyonna M. King, DrPH, MA 
  • Chinenye Dike, MD  
  • Fernando Sanchez & Gisela Marfileno, project coordinators for Radx-Up (confirmed) 

11:10-11:15am (CDT) 

Introduction to Breakout room sessions 

Geetanjali Rathore, MD 

11:15-11:45am (CDT) 

Facilitated Breakout Room Sessions 

  • Decolonizing Global Health 
  • Community input on health priorities, community rights and data sovereignty 
  • Finding your place in the community- advocacy and outreach
  • Diversity in Research Teams 
  • Bioethics/Medical Ethics 

11:45-noon (CDT) 

Acknowledgments/closing remarks   

Geetanjali Rathore, MD 

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Ruben Quiros, MD 
Professor, Division Chief, Gastroenterology

Helen Grace, DO 
Assistant Professor, General Pediatrics

Geetanjali Rathore, MD
Associate Professor, Neurology



Chinenye Dike, MD Assistant Professor, Gastroenterology

John Sparks, MD  Professor Emeritus

Sharon Stoolman, MD Associate Professor, Hospital Medicine

Stephen Dolter, MD Assistant Professor, Hospital Medicine

Alice Sato, MD, PhD Assistant Professor, Infectious Disease; Hospital Epidemiologist

James Harper, MD – Associate Professor, Hematology/Oncology

Teri Mauch, MD, PhD Professor, Division Chief, Nephrology

Chittal Raulji, MD Assistant Professor, Hematology/Oncology

Shirley Delair, MD, MPH Associate Professor; Chief, Infectious Diseases

Warapan Nakayuenyongsuk, MD Assistant Professor, Gastroenterology

Lourdes Eguiguren, MD  Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases

Bradford Becken III, MD  Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases

Bracha Goldsweig, MD Assistant Professor, Endocrinology

Courtney McLean, MD, MA, FAAP – Assistant Professor, Neonatology

Christian Oarhe, MD – Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine

Christopher Curzon, DO – Assistant Professor, Cardiology

Ellen Kerns, PhD – Assistant Professor, Child Health

Rachel Taylor, MD – Assistant Professor, Cardiology

Eric Peeples, MD – Associate Professor, Neonatology


Amissabah Kanley, MD House Officer I

Priya Udayappan, MBBS House Officer II

Shannon Haines, MD House Officer III

Vicky Nakibuuka-Muli, MPA Education & Outreach Program Manager

Amy Rezac-Elgohary, MA Research Project Coordinator

Jessie Coyer – GME Educational Program Coordinator I

Kelly Erickson, MPH – Clinical Study Coordinator

Ellen Kerns, MPH, CPH – Research Data Analyst 

Denise Pecha, LCSW Director of Programs, CityMatCH

DeAnna Young Project Associate, CityMatCH

Elizabeth Strudthoff, RN - Research Nurse Coordinator

Kara Foster, MPH Education & Training Manager, CityMatCH

Lisa Runco, MPA - Vice Chair, Finance and Business Operations, Pediatrics


Chad Abresch, PhD Assistant Professor; Division Chief, Child Health Policy; Vice Chair, Culture, Department of Pediatrics; Exec. Director, CityMatCH

Jaclyn Ostronic, MAProject Manager, Department of Pediatrics/CHRI