The mission of the Diversity and Social Equity Committee is to assist the Department of Family and Community Medicine in promoting the Jesuit mission of Saint Louis University by supporting inclusion of underrepresented populations and groups who occupy minority identities (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, religion, immigrant status, sexuality, and ability).
Purpose and Role in the Department
The primary purpose and roles of the Diversity and Social Equity Committee include development of goals and implementation of activities that: 1) further support the culture of diversity and inclusion in the Department and 2) facilitate the Department's and University's mission related to treatment of underrepresented and marginalized members of our community. Therefore, an overarching function of the Diversity and Social Equity Committee is to encourage and promote a culture of diversity and inclusion in the department. Roles of the committee and activities are currently organized into three activity areas: 1) Consultation; 2) Education; and 3) Mentoring.
Chair, Chair-Elect, Faculty and/or Staff representatives from each division (e.g., family medicine, community medicine, research, and behavioral health), Student and Resident Representatives.
- Chair: Denise Hooks-Anderson, M.D.
- Chair-elect: Katie Heiden-Rootes, Ph.D.
Activities of the Committee
The central goal in this area is to enhance the integration of diversity and inclusion-related discourse into the education and training of students, residents, faculty, and staff with relevant knowledge and experience about cultural and individual diversity as it relates to the field of family, community, and behavioral medicine. This committee will act as a consultation to educators and students to improve the educational process.
The goal of this area is to match underrepresented faculty, staff, students, and residents with mentors with relevant knowledge and experience for promoting faculty and student retention and success.