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.



On June 24, more than 100 volunteers participated in the 21st annual Day of Service and Reflection (DOSAR). UChicago Medicine and Biological Sciences Division colleagues and friends helped serve 13 partner organizations across the South Side with projects like painting, cleaning, gardening and more. A group of radiology staff and faculty participated by volunteering at the Olive Branch Mission - from giving a paint refresh to a worn recreation room, to assembling toiletry kits to welcome new residents, to gardening to spruce up the entry way.   
Watch the video for a recap of the day, where the Radiology team is proudly featured, along with Mark Anderson, MD, PhD, Dean and Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, in serving the community together.
We are always grateful for the opportunity to engage with and support our South Side community. Thank you to the Urban Health Initiative for their leadership in organizing another successful DOSAR event - we are already planning for next year!

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More about DOSAR


  • 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
  • Will sponsor departmental representative to attend 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




  • 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

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.

South Side Science Festival

On Saturday, September 17th, the Graduate Program in Medical Physics (GPMP) Diversity and Outreach Committee and the Department of Radiology Diversity and Inclusion Council hosted a hands-on educational booth at the South Side Science Festival held at the Eckhardt Research Center at the University of Chicago campus. Volunteers put their heads together and crafted several fun hands-on learning opportunities to teach booth visitors about wave properties, radiation detection, and image-guided radiology procedures. The event was attended by visitors of all ages. Researchers and clinicians were able to answer booth visitors’ questions about the important work they do daily in a fun and immersive environment.

Spare Time: A Meet and Greet for BSD Faculty and Students of Color

The BSD Office of Diversity & Inclusion hosted a recent event, Spare Time: A Meet and Greet for BSD Faculty and Students of Color on Thursday, April 20, 2023. Drs. Chris Straus (not pictured) and Carina Yang were in attendance from our department, in addition to Iris Romero MD, Dean for Diversity & Inclusion and Tobias Spears PhD, Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion. Faculty and students enjoyed a wonderful time bowling, eating great food, and chatting with fellow BSDers.