Diversity & Inclusion Council

Mission Statement

Strengthening departmental function and effectiveness by empowering a community where diversity, equity, and inclusion are promoted; enabling everyone to feel valued, engaged, and supported.

Overarching Goals:

  • To renew the structure of and further diversify the departmental Diversity Council and its leadership by mid academic year.
  • To enhance our departmental diversity with continuing efforts to recruit and retain a diverse faculty, and by being intentional about diversity and inclusion during the trainee recruitment process in order to increase successful recruitment of underrepresented individuals by 10% in three years.
  • To strengthen the sense of community across the department by organizing a community activity twice a year to which each departmental section, trainee, and staff group will have representative participants, such that everyone feels valued, engaged, and supported.
  • To increase our cultural competency by initiating at least three cultural sharing sessions over the next year, so that all members demonstrate the knowledge and skills to work with diverse people, to educate diverse students, residents and fellows, and to treat diverse patients.

Current Events:




Diversity and Inclusion are thrilled to roll out a fresh project for the Radiology Department - shining the spotlight on our fantastic faculty and staff, sharing their perspectives on what Diversity and Inclusion truly means. Our mission? To not only spark conversations within our department but to spread the word far and wide across The University. Keen to get involved? Contact Adrian Gutierrez for further information.


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Mahogany Bus Tour

On Friday March 29, Drs. Grace Lee, Director of Women, URM, and Inclusivity, and Carina Yang, Vice Chair of Diversity & Inclusion were fortunate enough to spend part of the afternoon exploring Bronzville, where many of our patients' homes are. They joined the many other BSD faculty and staff on a University of Chicago BSD Office of Diversity & Inclusion-sponsored Mahogany Bus Tour (hyperlink: https://www.chicagomahogany.com/
This tour was directed by nationally acclaimed historian Dilla, who become a Chicago social media sensation by going viral on TikTok via his 60 second history videos on "everything Chicago." A notable early stop included Parkway Garden Homes (commonly known as O-block) - a privately owned apartment complex located in Greater Grand Crossing area, at the border of Woodlawn and Washington Park. This was the first apartment complex to be co-owned by Chicago's black residents, who experienced a housing shortage during the Second Great Migration due to segregation.  Early residents included former First Lady Michelle Obama. The tour also stopped at the former homes of many influential black figures, such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Louis Armstrong, and Ida B. Wells. 
With some humor thrown in, much history of the immediate surrounding neighborhood was reviewed. We hope to soon bring this tour opportunity to our very own department members, so they may also learn about the rich history of Bronzeville - stay tuned!

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Hyde Park Kenwood Food Pantry

Our department via the D&I Council has initiated a monthly volunteering group at the nearby Hyde Park Kenwood Food Pantry, to serve our surrounding community. Recently, as many as 150 families visit the pantry on Saturday mornings at the Hyde Park Union Church (5600 S. Woodlawn Avenue), during which they shop for fresh produce as well as non-perishables accompanied by volunteer ambassadors.  Children as young as 10 years of age are able to participate. For more information, please contact Dr. Grace Lee at GLee@bsd.uchicago.edu.


  • Holistic application review
  • Focused discussion on Diversity & Inclusion with applicants with Departmental D&I Council leadership during each radiology residency interview day
  • Pairing URiM candidates with relevant URiM faculty for interviews
  • Methodic review of current Radiology recruitment and enrollment trends based on current research
  • Participated in Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Virtual Residency Fair –  September 12, 2020
  • Chicagoland Radiology Expo – November 6, 2021
  • Sponsored departmental representative who attended the Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) hosted by the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) in Hartford, CT from Wednesday, April 5 through Sunday, April 9, 2022
  • New RadExpo, in collaboration with New York radiology programs - November 5, 2022 - radexpo.org
  • Attended the SNMA AMEC 2024 conference in New Orleans in April 2024 - https://radiology.uchicago.edu/news/luis-de-jesus-attends-snma-amec-2024




  • Dedicated residency administrative liaison to Diversity Council
  • Resident liaisons to the Diversity Council

The Department of Radiology Graduate Program in Medical Physics Book Club is held quarterly and is open to students and faculty. The book club is supervised by Dr. Kenneth Bader,  head of the GPMP Diversity Committee, and coordinated by graduate students Inna Gertsenshteyn and Brittany Broder. Book club dates are based on group availability and books are ordered for students/faculty who confirm attendance.

Please contact Inna Gertsenshteyn (innag@uchicago.edu) or Brittany Broder (bbroder@uchicago.edu) if interested in participating.

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Diversity and Inclusion Events

Women in Radiology

On Saturday March 30, the Women in Radiology faculty and trainees came together at the Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery in the Beverly neighborhood to partake in a wine tasting and tour about the production process, while enjoying each other's company and some sunny weather.  Thank you to Dr. Grace Lee for organizing! Looking forward to the next event!

WiR Inaugural Grand Rounds Welcomes Dr. Kate McGillen

On September 28th, our department's Women in Radiology (WiR) group welcomed Dr. Kate McGillen to campus for their Grand Rounds lecture. This lecture series was created to bring inspirational and influential women into our department to share their research and clinical expertise. Dr. McGillen is an associate professor of Radiology at Penn State Hershey. Her research focuses on ultrasound with a focus on collaborating with other specialties on high-end applications such as contrast ultrasound, elastography, and endometriosis imaging. Dr. McGillen spoke to our department on contrast ultrasound – a high value tool for diagnostic problem-solving.

D&I Grand Rounds Highlights: Exploring Genital Gender

We were honored to host Dr. Dmitriy Nikolavsky, MD, Professor of Urology and Director of Reconstructive Urology at SUNY Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, New York, as our distinguished speaker for the departmental spring Diversity & Inclusion Grand Rounds on Thursday, April 25, 2024. 
Dr. Nikolavsky delivered an insightful presentation on "Genital Gender Affirmation: Surgical Anatomy and Management of Complications." His expertise shed light on this crucial aspect of healthcare for an important minority population which we at University of Chicago Medicine are increasingly serving, by providing valuable insights into relevant anatomical considerations, specific historical and innovative surgical techniques, as well as the management of associated complications. 
The session offered a unique opportunity for attendees to deepen their understanding of gender-affirming surgeries and their significance in promoting inclusivity and patient-centered care. We are fortunate to have had such an experienced and engaging speaker visit with us for the day, all the while accompanied with a healthy dose of humor. 
We extend our sincere gratitude to Dr. Nikolavsky for sharing his knowledge and expertise with us, furthering our commitment to diversity and inclusion in healthcare.