The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is committed to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion as vital to our mission of clinical care, education, research, and advocacy. We embrace the principle that a diverse and inclusive environment fosters mutual trust and respect, thereby strengthening and enriching the entire department and those we serve.
We embrace the principle that a diverse, inclusive, and accessible environment is transformative, fosters mutual trust and respect, and centers health equity. The mission of DEI work within the department is to embed an anti-racist and anti-bias approach in the clinical, educational, research, and administrative activities of the Department of Pediatrics.
We aspire to build a just culture in the Department of Pediatrics, and in doing so, transform the environment to empower the dismantling of bias of all forms so that people and ideas can truly thrive.
Members of the Department of Pediatrics presented "Health Equity Rounds: An Opportunity for Clinical and Anti-Racism Learning to Intersect" during the campus-wide Diversity Forum.
Deepen your understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion topics and strengthen your personal commitment to anti-bias and anti-racist actions. Find additional learning opportunities on the websites listed in the Our Partners section.
- 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge© — Plan includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations, and ways to form and deepen community connections.
- UW School of Medicine and Public Health Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion web-based modules — Courses offered by the Office of Diversity & Equity Transformation that allow learners to explore and examine the impacts of racism and discrimination.
- Inclusion@UW — Courses offered by UW–Madison’s Learning and Talent Development specifically designed for employees to learn and practice skills that build our collective capacity to promote the university’s commitment to “value the contributions of each person … and create a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background.”
- Accessibility@UW–Madison — A centralized location for accessibility and disability training, guidance, and resources.
Selected list of presentations by UW Department of Pediatrics faculty and staff intended to offer opportunities to learn about the importance of health equity and diversity and how to move toward an anti-bias and anti-racist environment.
- 2022 UW–Madison Diversity Forum — Watch recordings from this annual conference, including the Day 2 breakout session “Health Equity Rounds: An Opportunity for Clinical and Anti-Racism Learning to Intersect,” presented by members of the Department of Pediatrics. November 14–15, 2022
- “Mirrors, Windows and Sliding Glass Doors: Why Diversity in Children’s Books Matters to Us All” — Badgers Talks session presented by Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD, associate professor, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. October 11, 2022
- 2021 UW–Madison Diversity Forum — Watch recordings of this annual conference, including the Day 1 breakout session “The Pandemics of COVID-19 and Racism: How to Transform Systems Built on Oppression to Systems Worthy of Trust,” presented by members of the Department of Pediatrics and UW Health. November 2–3, 2021
Campus-sponsored resources to help everyone feel connected.
- UW Health Employee Resource Groups (ERG) — Open to UW Health and UW School of Medicine and Public Health employees, these voluntary, employee-led groups are intended to foster a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with organizational mission, values, goals, business practices, and objectives that focus on the experience and perspectives of people of a particular race, ethnic or cultural background, gender, gender identity, religion, age cohort, sexual orientation, history of disabilities, military services, or similar other parameters.
- UW–Madison Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement affinity group gatherings — Informational social gatherings intended to help faculty and staff with underrepresented or marginalized identities come together to build community, make connections, and share resources.
- UW Department of Pediatrics Residency Program Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism
- UW–Madison Multicultural Student Center
- Graduate and Professional Students with Disabilities Wellness Initiative
- UW–Madison Gender and Sexuality Campus Center
- UW–Madison McBurney Disability Resource Center
Help promote anti-bias and anti-racist behavior in the workplace.
- Mitigating Bias in Recruitment and Hiring — A collection of resources compiled by department members. (Link to BOX folder.)
- Equity, Inclusion & Engagement Policy Assessment Toolkit — This toolkit provides guidance and structure for the development of new, and examination of existing, policies to ensure a systemic approach for equitable outcomes
- Tips for Preventing and Responding to Microaggressions Badge Backer — Request a printed, foldable card that fits into your ID badge holder. The card includes key strategies to interrupt microaggressions, discrimination, and bigotry to make it clear that we value and stand behind our learners, staff, and faculty.
- UW Academic Calendar & Religious Observances — Planning events and meetings? Consider religious observances when setting dates. Visit the UW–Madison Academic Calendar webpage for a list of religious observances as well as instruction on how to add the Academic Calendar & Religious Observances Outlook Calendar to your own Outlook email and calendar account.
- Badger Anti-racist Coalition — This group offers a self-evaluation exercise called the Anti-racist Rubric for Campus Units that helps employees identify ways their units are are perpetuating racism and oppression and offers guidance in developing an action plan for change. The group also facilitates an anti-racist community of practice for the campus community.
- Inclusive Communications Guide — Cultivating a campus that is equitable, diverse, and inclusive is not only essential to the strength of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, but also just. Practicing inclusive communications and marketing reinforces this commitment and helps to create a more welcoming, safe, and productive campus for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors.
Health Equity Rounds is a longitudinal, case-based conference series and curriculum built on the belief that medical education has the power to improve health equity. Health Equity Rounds was started in 2016 when the Department of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center recognized that few curricula existed to engage individuals as learners rather than teachers of topics including structural racism and implicit bias. The Department of Pediatrics is committed to hosting two Health Equity Rounds sessions per academic year. Learn more here.