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Pediatrics Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

It is the mission of the Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine to promote diversity, equity and inclusion among students, trainees, faculty and staff as a prerequisite in advancing innovation and excellence in education, research and patient-centered care. We embrace the spectrum of human diversity that is inclusive but not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, disability and socioeconomic status. We affirm the essential dignity and value of every individual, their rights to safety and health and their ability to act on these rights in an environment free of intolerance, violence and discrimination. We strive to foster and maintain an anti-racist culture within our institution. The Department of Pediatrics must uphold these rights and create an environment where individuals can thrive.

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Diversity Throughout the Health Care System

Diversity, equity and inclusion is being addressed throughout all the systems involved with the Department of Pediatrics.

Office of Diversity Affairs at IU School of Medicine

Gender Health at Riley Children's Health

Vision

Promote diversity, equity and inclusion to foster a community reflective of the patients we serve.

Core Values

Education
Education that fosters cultural consciousness, humility and anti-racist stance to demonstrate the crucial need for diversity, equity and inclusion to support, retain and recruit diversity in residents, faculty and staff

Mentorship
Mentorship that creates an avenue for support, collaboration and opportunity for all individuals

Service
Service that promotes a culture of acceptance, inclusion, mutual trust and respect by addressing social determinants of health and the root causes of social injustice to advocate for health equity and decrease health disparities

Scholarship
Scholarship that promotes education, innovation, research and publication to recruit, retain and help to excel a diverse population of care providers and better care for our diverse patient population

Annual Intern Welcome Reception

The Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee hosts an annual intern welcome reception. During this event, we set a standard for advocacy in terms of social justice and anti-racism.

Pillars of Diversity

Representational Diversity

IU School of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics strive to recruit, retain and promote talented trainees, faculty and staff from various backgrounds because we understand a diverse community is vital to our success and that of our patients.

State of the Faculty Report

List of Affinity Groups

Inclusive Environment

IU School of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics are committed to establishing an organizational culture in which differences—including race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation and other physical abilities and qualities—are present, highly valued and where all people are inspired, supported and encouraged to fully participate in the rich environment of this academic institution.

Second Look Program for Underrepresented in Medicine Residency and Fellowship Recruitment

Programs

Cultural Humility

IU School of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics offer cultural humility training to all learners, physicians, scientists, staff and educators to ensure each individual has the knowledge, skills and attitudes that allow them to work effectively with patients and their families, as well as with other members of the medical community. Culturally competent, patient-centered care is the foundation of providing excellent health care, eliminating health disparities and contributing to innovative breakthroughs in science.

Explore Indiana University's cultural competency training.

Implementing Conversations to Advance Racial Equity (ICARE)

LGBTQ Conference

Important Links

The Department of Pediatrics takes professionalism very seriously. If you have experienced mistreatment, please visit this link for the mistreatment reporting form.

Mental Health

For trainees: The Department of Mental Health Services at IU School of Medicine is available to provide mental health and personal counseling services to all students, residents and fellows. There are two ways to access services:

  • In an emergency, call 317-278-HELP (4357) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A licensed clinical health specialist will provide an assessment and help direct you to appropriate treatment options based on the situation. You may also call on behalf of a trainee if you are a family member, friend or colleague concerned about their well-being. You may call anonymously if desired.
  • To request an appointment with the Department of Mental Health services, send a secure message via their online portal or call 317-278-2383 during normal business hours.

 For IU Employees:

  • IU Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides 24/7/365 access to licensed mental health counselors via SupportLinc or 888-881-LINC (5462) for IU School of Medicine team members and their households.

Upcoming Diversity Events

15 Dec

Dec 15 12:00pm - 1:15pm

DEIJ series: Disparities in pain management in communities of color
The history of the management of pain in healthcare in the United States is a complex web of personal experience, structural racism, and provider bias that has not only led to differential management...

Online - Zoom

08 Jan

Jan 08 10:00am - 2:30pm

Winter Cross Cultural Student Success Retreat (Graduate Students)
The Cross Cultural Student Success Retreat is open to all and is focused on providing unity and solidarity for student populations underrepresented in medicine and biomedical research.

Online - Zoom

08 Jan

Jan 08 10:00am - 2:30pm

Winter Cross Cultural Student Success Retreat (Faculty and Staff)
The Cross Cultural Student Success Retreat is open to all and is focused on providing unity and solidarity for student populations underrepresented in medicine and biomedical research.

Online - Zoom

08 Jan

Jan 08 10:00am - 2:30pm

Winter Cross Cultural Student Success Retreat (MSMS Students)
The Cross Cultural Student Success Retreat is open to all and is focused on providing unity and solidarity for student populations underrepresented in medicine and biomedical research.

Online - Zoom

08 Jan

Jan 08 10:00am - 2:30pm

Winter Cross Cultural Student Success Retreat (Third Year Medical Students)
The Cross Cultural Student Success Retreat is open to all and is focused on providing unity and solidarity for student populations underrepresented in medicine and biomedical research.

Online - Zoom

08 Jan

Jan 08 10:00am - 2:30pm

Winter Cross Cultural Student Success Retreat (MAPS)
The Cross Cultural Student Success Retreat is open to all and is focused on providing unity and solidarity for student populations underrepresented in medicine and biomedical research.

Online - Zoom

08 Jan

Jan 08 10:00am - 2:30pm

Winter Cross Cultural Student Success Retreat (Second Year Medical Students)
The Cross Cultural Student Success Retreat is open to all and is focused on providing unity and solidarity for student populations underrepresented in medicine and biomedical research.

Online - Zoom

08 Jan

Jan 08 10:00am - 2:30pm

Winter Cross Cultural Student Success Retreat (First Year Medical Students)
The Cross Cultural Student Success Retreat is open to all and is focused on providing unity and solidarity for student populations underrepresented in medicine and biomedical research.

Online - Zoom

13 Jan

Jan 13 11:45am - 1:00pm

Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership featuring Toyia James-Stevenson, MD, MBA
Please join us in honoring the career of Toyia James-Stevenson, MD, MBA,. Dr. James-Stevenson currently serves as an Associated Professor of Clinical Medicine and has an adjunct role with the...

Online - Zoom

Committee Leadership

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21418-Klitzman, Melissa

Melissa D. Klitzman, MD

Committee Co-Chair

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20711-Clements, Patrick

Patrick W. Clements, MD

Committee Co-Chair

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Administrative assistant within Pediatrics, Reilly Wilson

Reilly Wilson

Committee Administrative Support

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Committee Members

42160-Almeda, Marco

Marco S. Almeda, MD

PGY 4

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8920-Baker, Richelle

Richelle M. Baker, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

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Naomi Boone, MSW, LSW

Social Worker

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19172-Byrne, Bobbi

Bobbi J. Byrne, MD

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

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15157-Christenson, John

John C. Christenson, MD

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

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20711-Clements, Patrick

Patrick W. Clements, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

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Jessica Darling

Jessica Darling

Senior Fellowship Coordinator

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26759-Enane, Leslie

Leslie A. Enane, MD, BA, MSc

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

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27341-Funches, Levi

Levi Funches, MD, BA

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

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42157-Geiger, Alex

Alex M. Geiger, MD, MPH

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 4
University of Arizona College of Medicine

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Pediatric residency program coordinator Josih Hostetler

Josih Hostetler

Program Coordinator, Pediatric Residency Program

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26923-Huynh, Brittany

Brittany M. Huynh, MD, MPH

PGY 4

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595-Jackson, Stephanie

Stephanie Jackson, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

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22819-Jafri, Fatima

Fatima W. Jafri, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

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27211-Kamal, Zahra

Zahra Kamal, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

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21418-Klitzman, Melissa

Melissa D. Klitzman, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

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52324-LaMotte, Julia

Julia E. LaMotte, PhD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

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44081-Lopez Perez, Nicole

Nicole A. Lopez Perez, MD

Pediatrics, PGY 3
American University of Antigua

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14624-Nabhan, Zeina

Zeina M. Nabhan, MD

Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education

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9102-O'Neill, Meagan

Meagan B. O'Neill, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

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3066-Ott, Mary

Mary A. Ott, MD

Professor of Pediatrics

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18522-Peterson, Rachel

Rachel J. Peterson, MD, BA

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

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10518-Rushton, Jerry

Jerry L. Rushton, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

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16927-Shriner, Andrew

Andrew R. Shriner, MD, FAAP

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

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2015-Sturm, Lynne

Lynne A. Sturm, PhD, HSPP

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

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15690-Tori, Alvaro

Alvaro J. Tori, MD

Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs

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21114-Wilson, Shawn

Shawn Wilson, PhD, MA

Director, Professional Development and Diversity

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9221-Zee-Cheng, Janine

Janine E. Zee-Cheng, MD

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

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Land Acknowledgment

IUPUI acknowledges our location on the traditional and ancestral territory of the Miami, Potawatomi and Shawnee people. We honor the heritage of Native peoples, what they teach us about the stewardship of the earth and their continuing efforts today to protect the planet. Founded in 1969, IUPUI stands on the historic homelands of Native peoples and, more recently, that of a vibrant Black community, also displaced. As the present stewards of the land, we honor them all as we live, work and study at IUPUI.

IUPUI Land Acknowlegment