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

Upcoming Seminars & Other Events:

  • Inaugural Departmental Safe Space
    July 8th at 1:00pm
    Hosted by the IDEA Committee, Safe Spaces are meant to provide an environment where we can have uncomfortable conversations without fear of discrimination or harrassment. They will not be recorded. 

IDEA Book Club

The IDEA Committee has chosen "How to Be an Antiracist" by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi as the first selection for the IDEA Book Club. The Book Club meeting will be held in September (exact date TBD). 

Previous Seminars & Other Events:

  • Commemorative event in observance of Juneteenth
    Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of "How to be an Antiracist" and "Stamped from the Beginning" in conversation with Dr. Erika James, Dean of The Wharton School
    June 18th at 12:00pm
  • Transgender Education & Experience with Senator Sarah McBride
    June 21st at 11:30am
  • Special Lecture for Juneteenth
    Reverend Dr. Alyn E. Waller, Senior Pastor of the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
    June 16th at 5:30pm
  • Discussing the cross-sectionality of the LGBTQ+ and disabled experience
    Hannah Bingham Brunner, MA
    June 15th at 2:00pm
  • Sex as a Biological Variable (SABV) Intensive, sponsored by Penn PROMOTES Research on Sex and Gender in Health:
       -  4/26: SABV & Analyses (Mary Putt, Professor of Biostatistics)
       -  4/19: SABV & Experimental Design (Kurt Barnhart, Vice Chair for Clinical Research, Obstetrics & Gynecology)
       -  4/12: SABV & Research Reporting (Alison Buttenheim, Director of Engagement, LDI)
       -  4/5: SABV & the Health of Women and Men (Maria Oquendo, Chair of Psychiatry)
  • A Nourishing Prescription: Food as Medicine to Promote Health and Health Equity
    April 23rd, 12-1 pm: Virtual event
    Hosted by Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
  • The Historical Determinants of and Social Disparities in Healthcare
    April 7th, 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.