Resident Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

As pediatricians training in a city filled with its own diversity and rich cultural history, we recognize the importance of addressing diversity, health equity, and inclusion within our program. As such, the program is proud to recognize the presence and work of its Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, a resident-based initiative 
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Our Guiding Principles

DEI Photo 2To achieve these goals, we created a group with the following divisions:

  • Arm 1: Recruitment and Retention
  • Arm 2: Curriculum Advancement
  • Arm 3: Inclusivity and Engagement

Inaugural Year Successes

  • Recipients of a Kern Institute Transformational Initiative Grant, focused on creating a longitudinal cultural humility curriculum to ensure ongoing dedication to the education of residents and medical students
  •  Creating a series of assessment tools to track resident knowledge, comfort, skills, and behavior in dealing with diversity in the workplace with the aim of using this information in scholarly activity to aid in further curricular development
  • Engaging with our recruitment committee as well as the larger hospital system to ensure our dedication to diversity is sustainable and responding to feedback from outgoing and incoming physicians
  • Engaging with fellowship and faculty dedicated to health equity to increase opportunities for curriculum development and research focused on our principles

Future Goals

  • Continuing to enhance our cultural humility curriculum and its goals into a cornerstone that will live permanently and grow within our program
  • Increasing recruitment and retention of residents that are traditionally underrepresented in medicine
  • Creating established mentorship relationships for students, residents, and fellows interested in engaging with diversity, equity, and inclusion work throughout their careers
  • Supporting the expansion of a fourth branch of Community Engagement with the goal of learning from the experiences of our communities to improve the care we provide to all populations

Our Team

Ashleigh Watson, MD

Ashleigh Watson

Research & Education

Soore Akande, DO

Soore Akande

Recruitment and Retention

Michelle Hwang, MD

Michelle Hwang

Curriculum Advancement

Robert Trevino, MD, PhD

Robert Trevino

Research and Education

Swathi Prasad, MD

Prasad MD Swathi

Inclusivity and Engagement

Program Support and Resources

For questions or more information, please contact any of our resident representatives.