Diversity and Inclusion

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism (IDEA)

Mission Statement

The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism (IDEA) Committee in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is steadfast in our dedication to creating a culture of acceptance, equality and openness. Together, we stand against bias and injustice. We strive to incorporate equity into our teaching, research and laboratory practice. We seek to amplify and support underrepresented voices and to create a compassionate environment where people feel safe and inspired to achieve their finest work. We will focus on addressing and eliminating systemic racism, bias, and discrimination in our sector, through intentional actions and impactful programs. We are determined to make the necessary changes that will enrich our department, enhance our clinical and scholarly excellence, and that will empower us to better serve the broader community.

Core Values:


Committee Members:

Nicole Aqui
Kumarasen Cooper
Alexa Craig
Luellen Fletcher
Emma Elizabeth Furth
Kester Haye
Josh Lubin
Ethan Mack
Jonni Moore

Web Portal for Feedback

The Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-racism Committee is soliciting feedback on your experiences. Please use our web portal to submit any concerns or suggestions that we can use to improve our community. This is a safe space and all comments are anonymous unless you choose to include your information.
Link to Feedback Portal

Previous Seminars and Other Events:

1) Sex as a Biological Variable (SABV) Intensive, sponsored by Penn PROMOTES Research on Sex and Gender in Health:

· 4/5, 3-4 pm: SABV and the Health of Women and Men (Maria Oquendo, Chair of Psychiatry)

· 4/12, 3-4 pm: SABV and Research Reporting (Alison Buttenheim, Director of Engagement, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics)

· 4/19, 3-4 pm: SABV and Experimental Design (Kurt Barnhart, Vice Chair for Clinical Research, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology)

· 4/26, 3-4 pm: SABV and Analyses (Mary Putt, Professor of Biostatistics)

2) The Historical Determinants of and Social Disparities in Healthcare

· 4/7 12-1:30 pm: Virtual event
Take part in a discussion around the deep-seated racism that exists in our society, historical events that impact our systems today, and potential solutions. Sponsored by CHEA and in partnership with Little Giant Creative.

3) A Nourishing Prescription: Food as Medicine to Promote Health and Health Equity

· 4/23 12-1 pm: Virtual event
Hosted by Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics