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 newly formed Committee for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) of the Moran Eye Center. This site will evolve as new information and resources become available, and concrete actions towards EDI are underway. 

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..."

- Alan S. Crandall, MD

(June 13, 1947 – October 2, 2020)

Committee Members

Video: Introduction of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the Moran Eye Center

Presented by Liliana Werner, MD, PhD, at the Moran Operations Committee meeting.
November 18, 2020
(EDI initiatives presented are currently undergoing updates.)

Book Club for Faculty, Fellows, and Residents

“How to be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi was discussed on October 28 in a book club meeting for faculty, fellows, and residents, with an introduction by Dr. José E. Rodríguez, Associate Vice President for Health Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, University of Utah. 

It was organized by Dr. Amanda Redfern.

Visit the author's page for a downloadable Discussion Guide.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Office of Vice President Mary Ann Villarreal

Health Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Women in Health, Medicine, & Science (WiHMS)

Office for Inclusive Excellence

Commitment to Anti-Racism

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 Day

The University of Utah offices for Health Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion and Graduate Medical Education are sponsoring a virtual inclusion social on Monday, November 30, from 5-7:30 p.m. to welcome and recruit residents from underrepresented/historically excluded groups. All interested applicants and trainees are welcome to attend. The event will include a panel of diverse trainees who will speak about their experience coming to and being in Utah.

MEDiversity Week

The mission of MEDiversity Week (November 2-6, 2020) is to highlight the equity, diversity, and inclusion work within U Health, while addressing health care disparities and offering solutions for the training of our current and future providers.


EnVision Summit Ophthalmology

Annual conference created by physicians to support and empower women leaders in an innovative format for continuing medical education, which will take place every President’s Day Weekend in Puerto Rico.

Women in Ophthalmology Society

Society with the goal to enhance and improve the professional environment for women ophthalmologists.