Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Pediatrics Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The University of Chicago Department of Pediatrics is committed to developing a diverse workforce and nurturing a climate of cultural awareness and inclusivity in order to ensure that our faculty, staff, and house staff achieve their full potential. Our tripartite mission and service to our patients and community can only be fully realized through recruiting, supporting, and retaining exceptionally talented individuals of different races, ethnicities, nationalities, socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, and ages.  As a Department, we are committed to providing education, building programs, and enhancing processes for recruitment, mentorship, and advancement for all department members. Our ultimate goal is to create an equitable, inclusive, and diverse working environment that benefits not only our members, but also our patients, their families, and the community we serve.

As efforts increase we are asking for more volunteers to join committee, please apply, send inquiries or ideas to pediatricsinclusion@bsd.uchicago.edu.

What culture do you most identify with?   My family is Irish, English, and German.  We have been here for 150+ years at least. So we don’t celebrate any cultural traditions.    
 
Other Identity groups: Women, American, Heterosexual

H. Barrett Fromme, MD, MHPE

H. Barrett Fromme, MD - Professor, Section of Hospital Medicine

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

What culture do you most identify with? Asian Indian 

Other identity groups: Brown, American, heterosexual, Spiritual

What do you hope to accomplish in the D&I Committee?  I hope to continue our existing work in increasing the minority representation in the Department of Pediatrics by fostering a culture that actively supports and promotes diversity.

Madan Kumar, MD

Madan Kumar, DO - Assistant Professor, Section of Infectious Dieases

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His

What culture do you most identify with? Puerto Rican culture

Other identity groups: Woman, Mixed race, brown, Floridian, American, heterosexual, Christian

What do you hope to accomplish in D&I Committee? Develop a pervasive culture of inclusivity within the Department so that each department member's voice is heard and respected regardless of title, race, gender, or cultural background. This will provide a platform for development of a diverse talent and ensure success of our department's tripartite mission.

Niurka Vazquez, MBA

Niurka Vazquez, Executive Administrator, Department Leadership

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

What culture do most identify with?  Black culture

Other identity groups: African American, Afro-Caribbean, Woman, Heterosexual, Christian

What do you hope to accomplish in the D&I Committee?   To contribute to the development of tangible support for underrepresented groups and a truly inclusive culture that purposefully seeks and utilizes the voices, vision, and expertise of diverse groups.

 

Rochelle Naylor, MD

Rochelle Naylor, MD -- Assistant Professor, Section- Adult and Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Preferred Pronouns - She/Her/Hers

What culture do you most identify with? LGBTQ, Woman, American

What do you hope to accomplish in D&I Committee? I hope to work to improve the culture of inclusivity in the Department of Pediatrics for every member including faculty, staff, and trainees. I want all members to feel seen and heard for the unique talents and perspectives that each of us provides regardless of title, race, gender, or cultural background.

Wendy Darlington, MD, MAPP

Wendy Darlington, MD, MAPP, Assistant Professor, Section of Hematology Oncology

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

What Culture do you most identify with?  Black Culture

Other identity groups:  Woman, Black, Creole, Chicagoan, Heterosexual, Spiritual

What is your favorite quote?  “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” - Angela Davis

What do you hope to accomplish in the D&I Committee?  My hope is to bring a perspective from not only an administrative role but as a black woman in an administrative role at a large University Medical Center. I want to be a positive example for black women & women of color looking to work in a corporate or academic setting while helping them become successful in navigating the various obstacles that come with it.

Tiphani Lenoir, MHA

Tiphani Lenoir, MHA - Fellowship Coordinator, Department of Pediatrics

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

What culture do you most identify with? Indian

Other identity groups: Woman, Brown

What is your favorite quote?  “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” - Angela Davis

What do you hope to accomplish in D&I Committee? Work towards developing a diverse and inclusive culture within the Department so that it creates a welcoming environment for all individuals regardless of title, race, gender, or cultural background. 

Kanika Mittal, MS

Kanika Mittal, MS, Director of Operations - ECHO Chicago

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

 

The Department of Pediatrics Diversity and Inclusion Committee engages in an ongoing Educational Series focusing on topics of diversity, inclusion and equity in healthcare settings. This series is planned to occur monthly, bringing together the Department of Pediatrics and all members of Comer Children's Hospital to further the dialogue surrounding these important topics.

Sessions will be a mixture of interdisciplinary case conferences in the Health Equity Rounds series as well as important speakers from the community addressing pertinent topics. This series seeks to recognize the importance of confronting structural racism and implicit bias to address health inequities. Please join us for an interactive and introspective hour.

There will be CME credit available for those that attend. The dates and topics for the 2021-2022 academic year are included below. Please look for meeting invites with links to the meeting. 

Date Focus
Tuesday, September 14th, 2021 Health Equity Rounds
Wednesday, October 20th, 2021 MAPSCorps
Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 Health Equity Rounds
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Tuesday, January 11th, 2022 Health Equity Rounds
Wednesday, February 16th, 2022 Anti-racism
Tuesday, March 8th, 2022 Gender Equity/Women in medicine
Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 TBD
Tuesday, May 10th, 2022 Health Equity Rounds
Thursday, June 26th, 2022 Pediatric Grand Rounds 

The D&I Book Club was started in the summer of 2020 with a focus on books that engage in topics such as inclusion, diversity, social justice, bias, racism/anti-racism.  We invite you to sign up if you are interested.

For those interested, by signing up you are committing to:

  • Read a selected book monthly
  • Attend monthly discussion meetings (via Zoom initially)
  • Engage in an active discussion around the book

We anticipate our first book club of the 2021-2022 academic year to take place in September 2021.

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