Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

DEI Champion Training Session

As part of Differences Matter Action Group 2's work to ensure a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for learners at UCSF, we are excited to offer Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training for School of Medicine faculty and staff. This free training includes 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.

When and How to Register

We have revamped the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion training to meet our need to physically distance, but still personally connect. The revamped training will still bring you the same content as the in-person training, via an online virtual format divided into 3 parts.

The parts MUST be completed in order, pre-work is mailed to registrants prior to session start:

  • Pre-Work = Task #1: Videos/Reflection + Task#2: Pre-Course Survey. Time: 30-40 minutes.
  • Session 1 via Zoom with a group of faculty and staff from cross-campus. Time: 3 hours.
  • Session 2 via Zoom with a group of faculty and staff from cross-campus. Time: 3 hours.

Scheduling Note:

  • Sessions 1 and 2 are offered separately but it must be done in consecutive order. The sessions also involve a lot of interactive small group work so please fully commit to a time for both parts 1 and 2.
  • Participants will receive the Pre-Work 2 weeks prior to the training and the Zoom info 2 days prior to their confirmed training.

After completing Session 2, you will be listed on the Differences Matter website as one of our DEI Champions.


Designed for any UCSF affiliated Faculty or Staff who interact with learners, Differences Matter Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion training sessions are offered approximately twice a month. These free training sessions are eligible for 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Our goal is to train 3,000 faculty by Spring 2021!

Access the full calendar online and register!

Who Have Participated in the Program

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 is to increase awareness and skills for clinical teachers so that they can address bias and discrimination when and where it happens.

At the end of this training, participants will be 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 will:

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