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Diversity & Equity

WIMS Diversity & Equity

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Our mission is to promote diversity and inclusion for minority women and especially for women of underrepresented minorities. Our goal is

  • Respect the dignity of all members of our community and aspire to ensure that all feel supported.
  • To work with the leadership to promote cultural competence throughout different departments and divisions;
  • Create an environment that embraces and values our differences


The WIMS Diversity & Equity group meets every two months. If you are interested in joining, please email  Lindsey Bruce at to be added to the group's mailing list.


January 27
International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

February 5
Dr. Martin Luther King Junior and Black History Month Celebration

February 20
World Day of Social Justice

February 21
International Mother Language Day

March 8
International Women Day

March 20
International Day of Happiness

March 21
World Down Syndrome Day

March 24
International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims

Past Events:

UMB Diversity and Advocacy Council: Diversity Speaker Series

UMSOM Annual "Celebrating Diversity" Dinner


Inclusion Starts With I

#InclusionStartsWithI is a discussion around the importance of a positive, inclusive work environment. Starring a group of Accenture people, this video demonstrates that bias can appear in both expected and unexpected ways—and that each of us has the power to make a difference.

How Diversity Makes Teams More Innovative (

Are diverse companies really more innovative? Rocío Lorenzo and her team surveyed 171 companies to find out -- and the answer was a clear yes. In a talk that will help you build a better, more robust company, Lorenzo dives into the data and explains how your company can start producing fresher, more creative ideas by treating diversity as a competitive advantage.


Campus Resources:

UMB Diversity and Advocacy Council (DAC)
Provides recommendations to the president that promote the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

UMB Speaker Series: Diversity and Advocacy Council
DAC invites speakers to UMB to talk about using diversity, and related topics.

Latinos Unidos @ UMB
Contact José Bahamonde-González

UMSOM Diversity and Inclusion
Serves as advisory to the Dean, and charged with the responsibility of providing feedback and guidance to support new and existing UMSOM initiatives.

UMB Roundtable on Empowerment in Leadership and Leveraging Aspirations.

UMB Interprofessional Student Learning & Service Initiatives: Diversity & Inclusion
Provide a unique setting for broad social, cultural, recreational, and educational programming for the UMB community and its surroundings.

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Mentoring and Career Stage Working Group

Mentor Working Group Team

Working Group members:

Shannon Takala-Harrison, PhD and Rose M. Viscardi, MD (co-chairs); Jennifer S. Albrecht, PhD, Mary A. Johnson, PhD, Kristi D. Silver, MD, Graziela Z. Kallil, PharmD, Linda B. Horn, PT, DScPT, MHS, E. Ana Lia Graciano, MD, Anayansi Lasso-Pirot, MD, Erin L. Giudice, MD, Lydia S.Y. Tang, MB,BCh, Joni M. Prasad, PhD, Sarah Anne Mcavoy, MD, and Deborah M. Brooks, MD.

Miriam Laufer, M.D. and Mentee Alumni, Dominique EarlandMission:

To provide women faculty with the support, skills development, and resources necessary to achieve their academic and leadership goals and progress to their next career stage.


The WIMS Mentoring & Career Stage group meets monthly. If you are interested in joining, please email Rose M. Viscardi, MD at or Shannon Takala-Harrison, PhD at to be added to the group's mailing list.


While increasing numbers of women are entering academic medicine, the number of women in senior faculty ranks and leadership positions is disproportionately low. This pattern is likely the result of multiple barriers facing women faculty, including stereotyping, implicit bias, disparity in compensation and resources, and a larger burden of family responsibilities (Carr et al., 2018). A lack of access to mentorship and sponsorship is also a critical barrier to career advancement for women in academic medicine.

WIMS Mentoring and Career Stage Working Group Initiatives:

  1. Provide online resources for mentors and mentees on the WIMS website
    1. Mentoring toolkit
    2. Links to training seminars/workshop offered on campus
  2. Provide short-term training experiences focused on mentoring to develop specific skills required for success in academic medicine
    1. Quarterly lunch seminar series geared toward women faculty
    2. Mentoring opportunities
      1. Speed mentoring
      2. Meet the Professor Mentoring
      3. Facilitated Peer Group Mentoring
    3. Coaching groups on specific topics: form small groups that meet for finite number of weeks to work on specific skill such as negotiations, grant-writing, etc., using similar format to writing accountability group (WAG).
  3. Provide recommendations to institutional leadership to aid the development and implementation of formal mentorship and sponsorship programs.

Mentor Resources

Aligning Expectations

Alignment Phase Checklist

Assessing Fit Checklist

Common Expectations for Mentors

Entering Mentoring

Evaluating and Giving Feedback to Mentors: New Evidence-Based Approaches

Initial Mentoring Conversation: Preparing the Relationship

Mentorship Agreement Template

Mentoring Best Practices - Communication

Mentor Competencies Table

Mentoring Meeting Journal

Nature’s Guide for Mentors

One Hour Meeting Structure

Sample Mentoring Plans

Supporting the Research Process

Mentee Resources

Assessing Fit Checklist

Common Expectations for Mentees

Individual Career Development Plan

Making the Most of Mentors: A Guide for Mentees

Making the Right Moves

Making the Transition From Mentee to Mentor

Mentorship Agreement Template

Resource Guide For Faculty

Survive and Thrive

UMB ICTR Faculty Individual Development Plan

Suggested Reading

Gender Differences in Academic Medicine

Having the Right Chemistry: A Qualitative Study of Mentoring in Academic Medicine

Nature’s Guide for Mentors

Measuring the Effectiveness of Faculty Mentoring Relationships

Mentoring in Academic Medicine

Mentoring Toolbox Suggested Reading

Sponsorship: A Path to the Academic Medicine C-suite for Women Faculty?

Sponsorship: A Path to the Academic Medicine C-suite for Women Faculty?

Faculty Mentoring Toolkit: UCSF Faculty Mentoring Program

Wellness & Work Life Balance

Wellness & Work Life Balance

Our mission is to promote the health and wellness for all women faculty. Our goals are:

  • Promote tools and content that help women faculty to balance multiple priorities
  • To facilitate women faculty to engage with wellness activities
  • To work with our partners in the Medical Center and on Campus to encourage and support mental and physical health as priorities

Working Group resources

Lactation Map UMB Campus

Lactation Map UMB Campus

Lactation Map Midtown

Midtown Lactation Map

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Campus resources

UMB Wellness Hub

UMMC Resident and Fellow Wellness

UMMC Health & Wellness Programs

UMMC Employee Assistance Program

Additional Resources

Working Part Time GWIMS AAMC

Care Taking in Academic Medicine GWIMS AAMC