At the University of Wisconsin Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, we value and promote an inclusive environment that respects, welcomes and embraces differences across all of our missions including, but not limited to race, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental ability, religion, income, and national origin.
To achieve this, we provide education and promote policies and practices that support patients, their families and our employees throughout the State of Wisconsin and beyond.
We embrace the mission, vision, values, and strategies set forth by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and UW Health.
The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology has initiated a number of new DEI efforts since forming a committee in 2019:
Community Outreach and Health Equity:
Department Actions in Response to the Current Social Climate:
Our department has redoubled our efforts on climate, diversity and inclusion since May 2020. On June 2, 2020, department leadership collaborated on a statement sent to the entire department. We encouraged participation in the June 13, 2020 White Coats for Black Lives rally through our department newsletter, as well as our Facebook, Twitterand Instagram accounts.
An incoming UW Ob-Gyn resident, Dr. India Anderson-Carter, helped organize the rally, and was a speaker during the event. Residents and faculty had a strong attendance at the event, and department chair Dr. Laurel Rice followed the experience with a message to the whole department about important learnings and next steps the DEI committee will focus on to keep these conversations at the fore of our work: