Diversity 2020 year in review: Insights from school leaders and what’s ahead next year

December 17, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic illuminated health inequities perpetuated by the nation’s history of systemic racism as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx and indigenous populations remain disproportionately at higher risk for infection, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. These health care disparities among minority communities did not arise overnight but are the result of historic social, economic and political disenfranchisement.

As 2020 ends, IU School of Medicine reflects on what the school has learned about diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and looks ahead to build upon those lessons.

Read the Strategic Voices blog post for these messages from IU School of Medicine leaders:

Doing More Together
Patricia Treadwell, MD
Chief diversity officer and special advisor to the dean

What’s Ahead – 2021 Diversity Events, Programs and Policies
Mary Dankoski, PhD
Executive associate dean for faculty affairs, professional development and diversity (FAPDD)

Reflection – Honoring Those Who Paved the Way
Alvaro Tori, MD
Associate dean for diversity

Get connected
This summer, DEI Task Forces were launched to address racism, inclusion and equity with input from faculty, staff and learners. Everyone has a crucial voice in anti-racism work. If you are interested in joining a task force, email ajtori@iu.edu

There are many conferences, professional organizations, special topic medical student interest groupscommittees and partnerships available across IU School of Medicine. If you would like to get connected but are not sure where to start, reach out to FAPDD at fapdd@iu.edu, and the diversity staff can point you in the right direction.