About Moran's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee
A Message from Liliana Werner, Moran Vice-Chair for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Welcome to the site of the Committee for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) of the Moran Eye Center.
When I moved to Salt Lake City to join the Moran Eye Center faculty in 2002, feeling welcomed, appreciated, and respected in my identity as a woman, Latina, and Brazilian immigrant was vitally important to me. We do not take for granted that all potential candidates and newly recruited faculty, staff, and trainees yearn for the same feeling, especially those from historically excluded communities.
As Chair of the Committee for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the Moran Eye Center, I would like to invite ALL at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences to join us in our efforts to accomplish our mission!
- Liliana Werner, MD, PhD
"For the question, why do you do it? Because it needs to be done..."
MORAN SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIP, AND INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Ophthalmology Fellowship to Increase Opportunities for Underrepresented Minorities in Medicine
The Moran Eye Center is offering a four-week, summer ophthalmology clinical and research rotation, with a $1,000 scholarship, to rising MS2 students. The purpose of this program is to support candidates who demonstrate a commitment to increasing opportunities for those underrepresented in medicine. During this four-week experience, students will work with full-time faculty preceptors and research mentors. Direct patient care opportunities will be provided in clinic and surgery, covering a broad range of comprehensive and/or subspecialty ophthalmology.
Ophthalmology Administrative Staff Internship Opportunities
The goal of this program is to work with local universities and provide real experience and training in administrative and clinical work In ophthalmology. Interest from URM candidates is welcome. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moran Eye Center Resources
Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring
The purpose of this program, a partnership between the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, is to increase diversity in ophthalmology by helping URM students in medicine to become competitive ophthalmology residency applicants. Moran Vice-Chair of Education Jeff Pettey, MD, MBA, currently volunteers as a mentor. Recent Moran Fellow Nikko Ronquillo, MD, PhD, participated for several years and spoke about ophthalmology to medical students at several events in 2020, including the Latino Medical Student Association National Conference.
Presidential Commission on the Status of Women
Moran's Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD, FACS, FARVO, is a co-chair of the University of Utah Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. The purpose of the commission is to provide leadership and expertise to the University of Utah community in promoting University women in their various roles and activities, and serving as a forum for exchanging ideas within the University.
University of Utah Resources
Utah Health Equity Leadership & Mentoring (U-HELM)
Launched at the School of Medicine in 2018, the U-HELM program provides mentoring and leadership development opportunities to junior faculty members and postdoctoral scholars who are either from underrepresented populations in the health sciences or involved in health equity research, teaching, or clinical practice.
Home- Rural & Underserved Utah Training Experience (RUUTE)
Its mission is to improve medical education and training, health care access and long-term socio-economic benefit for rural and underserved communities of Utah and the surrounding states of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming by expanding interest, awareness, and placement of students and physicians.
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-Racism Leadership Strategy (IDEALS)
The IDEALS website covers a range of topics for the graduate medical education community, from implicit bias and social determinants of health to anti-racist resources. The site also includes interactive content such as an implicit bias test and surveys.
The University of Utah Office for Inclusive Excellence seeks to engage, support, and advance an environment fostering the values of respect, diversity, equity, inclusivity, and academic excellence for students in our increasingly global campus community. One focus is to promote a better understanding and awareness of microaggressions. These are subtle--often unintentional--statements or actions that reveal unconscious biases toward members of marginalized communities. While anyone may experience prejudice or stereotyping, the term "microaggressions" is used specifically in connection to those in historically marginalized groups. Those groups include gender, race, ethnicity, veteran status, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability, national origin, citizenship status, or any of these intersecting identities. Find out more about microaggressions and ways to respond with the links below.