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

Plan for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Moran's EDI committee members have been working on a plan for the department, under the guidance of the Office for Health Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion of the University of Utah. While the plan is not yet final, and is expected to evolve, the current draft can be found here: summary; full text; and possible funding for EDI initiatives.


Read the essay, "Our Changing Vision," by Abigail Jebaraj, MD, PGY-2, committee resident representative.


Representation in Ophthalmology

Presented by Nnana Amakiri, MD, PGY2, Moran Eye Center, University of Utah
October 19, 2022 

Hales Memorial Endowed Lectureship

Presented by Terri Young, MD, MBA, FARVO, FAOS, University of Wisconsin
April 20, 2022

Microaggressions in the Workplace

Presented by Sheila Sconiers, Education Coordination/Deputy Title IX Officer
January 19, 2022

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the Moran Eye Center

Presented by Abigail Jebaraj, MD, PGY-3
October 2021

Enhancing the University Experience through Fair Hiring Practices

Presentation by OEO/AA
September 1, 2021

Update on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) at the Moran Eye Center

Presented by Liliana Werner, MD, PhD
May 19, 2021

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

Presented by Liliana Werner, MD, PhD
November 18, 2020

Rabb-Venable Excellence in Ophthalmology Program Fireside Chat

Featuring Vice Chair of Education Jeff Pettey, MD, MBA, and Moran residents Nnana Amakiri, MD, Abigail Jebaraj, MD, and Mubarik Mohamed, MD.

October, 2021

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. 

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

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 in the resources below.

Safe Zone Presentation

LGBT Resource Center

LGBTQ and Allies in Medicine

For University of Utah Faculty and Staff — SOGI and Transgender Health Resources