Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training (Postponed as of December 2022)

The DEI Champion Training is temporarily suspended as our leadership updates the training to build on the progress we have made since 2017.

DEI Champion Training Session

Who Have Participated in the Program

As part of Differences Matter Action Group 2's work to ensure a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for learners at UCSF, we offered the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training for School of Medicine faculty and staff until December 2022. This free training included education on implicit biases and microaggressions, coaching in skills related to addressing these issues, and training in how to apply thoughtful, active listening and empathy to support a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.

Here's a list of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champions who have participated in the program. Champions can also be identified by their pins, awarded at the completion of their training.

Training Ambassadors
Community Ambassadors

In addition to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Ambassadors, several faculty and staff serve as Community Ambassadors. This group participated in both the Champion Training and a full day of training with Enact Leadership. They are on the ground allies for Champions and encourage colleagues at their sites to participate in the program.

  • Rana E. Barar, MPH (OB/GYN, Oakland)
  • Alexandra Brown, MD (Neurology, ZSFG)
  • Edward Cruz, MD, MPH (Pediatrics, ZSFG)
  • Sneha Daya, MD (Medicine, Parnassus)
  • Paula Fleisher, MA (CTSI, SOM)
  • William Hua, PhD (Psychiatry, VA)
  • Jennifer Lucero, MD (Anesthesia, MB)
  • Alma Martinez, MD, MPH (Pediatrics, ZSFG)
  • Kara Myers, CNM, MS (OBGYN, ZSFG)
  • Meghan O'Brien, MD, MBE (Medicine, ZSFG)
  • Alejandra Rincon, PhD (ODO, MB)
  • Raquel Rodriquez-Piscitello, MBA (SOM)
  • Nicole Rosendale, MD (Neurology, ZSFG)
  • Lydia V. Santiago, PhD (Psychiatry, ZSFG)

What and Why

Clinical teachers are not trained in how to handle bias and discrimination in the clinical setting where they are teaching. When bias occurs, they don’t feel comfortable addressing it. Students have complained that these issues are not being addressed appropriately and that it negatively impacts the learning environment. As part of the UCSF School of Medicine Differences Matter initiative, the goal of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion training was to increase awareness and skills for clinical teachers so that they could address bias and discrimination when and where it happens.

At the end of this training, participants were able to:

  • Recognize bias and discrimination in the learning environment.
  • Use a shared language to talk about bias and discrimination with students.
  • Implement skills to address bias and discrimination; and
  • Apply practical tools for addressing bias and discrimination in their day-to-day teaching encounters.
  • Be eligible for 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

During this training, participants:

  • applied new skills in a variety of case-based scenarios;
  • participated in an assessment of awareness, comfort, and confidence using the skills learned.