Diversity

Dawd Siraj, MD, MPH&TM, professor, Infectious Disease, has been named the Department of Medicine’s Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). In this role, Dr. Siraj will work to create a workplace that enables an inclusive and diverse environment and foster a culture where all faculty, trainees and staff...
As an accomplished clinical researcher who is committed to serving marginalized groups, Shenikqua Bouges, MD, assistant professor, Geriatrics and Gerontology, was named one of this year’s UW-Madison Outstanding Women of Color. Her generosity, passion for her work, and spirit of service have inspired those around her, and have not gone...
For Bret Benally Thompson, MD, clinical assistant professor, Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care, medicine was a career he dreamed of as a boy—and ultimately attained in midlife. A member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Benally Thompson grew up off the reservation but was immersed in the cultures...
On October 1, 2020, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and UW Health removed race from a formula routinely used to assess kidney function. With conversations about racism and equity circulating the country, Marin Darsie, MD, assistant professor, Emergency Medicine and Neurosurgery, was thinking about inequities...
Higher education institutions frequently offer mentored research experiences to increase undergraduate student interest, motivation and preparedness for research careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematic and Medicine (STEMM) fields. However, for participating students from historically underrepresented groups, unaddressed cultural factors may hinder engagement and result in a less effective mentoring relationship...
“I completed the Health Equity Leadership Scholars program. I also have an ICTR grant to study the impact of incarceration on cancer outcomes in Wisconsin, present lectures around the health care of immigrants and refugees in Wisconsin and sit on the Graduate Medical Education Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee.” —Farah...
“There have been many times where I've felt othered or have felt self-conscious when I may be the only person that looks or acts differently in the room. I've worked hard to ensure that new generations of scientists that come work for us never feel that way.” —Wajiha Akhtar, MPH...
“As a Latina in medicine, I experienced first-hand the unique challenges faced by underrepresented groups in medicine, from discrimination to lack of mentorship and role models." “I believe the power of the health care system can and should be used to reduce the impacts of structural racism in America.” “After...
Narjust Duma, MD, assistant professor, Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care, was accepted as a UW School of Medicine and Public Health Centennial Scholar. The competitive program develops faculty whose diversity enhances the quality of education and research at the SMPH, and who may serve as visible and available role...
“Everything is about trying to enroll patients and making it as convenient for them as possible.” For Kendra Haight, BSN, RN, associate clinical nurse specialist, Infectious Disease, that one sentence describes her role in a nutshell. Haight coordinates several clinical trials led by Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, professor, Infectious Disease...