Diversity and Inclusion

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The Office of Institutional Equity & Access' Division of Diversity and Inclusion strives to cultivate work and learning environments that bring the power of inclusion and equity to life – where differences are celebrated, and employees of all backgrounds are empowered to thrive both professionally and personally.

Who We Are

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion is housed in the Office of Institutional Equity and Access. Fueled by our shared passion for equity, inclusive patient care, and enabling the full human potential of UTSW employees, we believe diversity and inclusion are critical to the mission of UT Southwestern. By achieving and maintaining a diverse and inclusive constituency of administrators, faculty, students, and staff, UT Southwestern expands its potential to advance in educational and research opportunities, prepares our health care providers for delivering culturally competent patient care, and equips our staff to provide excellent customer service and care to an increasingly diverse nation.

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What We Believe

At UT Southwestern, we believe a diverse and inclusive healthcare workforce is an organizational imperative - affording our healthcare practitioners the opportunity to provide greater equity of care. The goal of the Division of Diversity and Inclusion is to ensure that diversity efforts are not siloed but are ingrained in the very fabric of the institution. We work to create a culture of inclusive excellence where everyone is valued, engaged, and can bring their full, authentic self into the workplace.  

Three core principles guide our approach to advancing diversity and inclusion at UT Southwestern:   

What We Do

At UT Southwestern, the Division of Diversity and Inclusion collaborates with campus partners to drive meaningful and sustainable diversity and inclusion efforts. Throughout the talent life cycle, we combine empirical research with a human-centered framework to inform our programming, training, consultation, and outreach across the wider Dallas/Fort Worth community. Overseeing the institution’s strategic approach to promoting a culture of inclusion and belonging, we employ data-driven strategies and best practices in industry to advance UTSW’s core missions of research, education, and patient care. 

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Our Track Record

  • 66%

    Management and leadership comprised of women
  • 1000+

    Members in our Employee Business Resource Groups
  • 250+

    Student internships granted to undergraduate students through Dr. Emmett J Conrad Leadership Program since 1993
  • 2X

    INSIGHT into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award Winner

Programs and Community Building

At UT Southwestern, the Division of Diversity and Inclusion collaborates with campus partners to offer programs and initiatives that promote an engaging and inclusive employee experience. Guided by a commitment to building diverse communities, we’re intentional in who we reach out to, and how we connect with them. 

Black History Month Celebration

In celebration of Black History Month, UT Southwestern hosts an annual campus event where national leaders in the areas of medicine, government, or higher education are invited to campus to share knowledge and celebrate the achievements by African Americans and other diverse populations in U.S. history. 

Tribute To Veterans Celebration

UT Southwestern, along with the Veterans Business Resource Group, hosts the Annual “Tribute to Veterans” program to honor the more than 800 veteran employees, and nearly 40 students who are also veterans or on active duty. This event brings together the campus community to honor the service of veterans, highlight their role in diversity, and raise awareness about their unique contribution to science, medicine, and healthcare. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Launched in 2017, UT Southwestern, in partnership with the Hispanic Latino Business Resource Group, hosts this program to highlight the importance of service to the community, diversity in science and medicine, and promoting justice in various aspects of society, including health care. 

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Education and Skill-Building

At UT Southwestern, we believe education and awareness are instrumental in developing a culture of inclusion. Diverse viewpoints lead to better creativity, innovation, and productivity - it's imperative that we draw on everyone's strengths. Employees perform better when they feel valued, included, and a sense of belonging.  

Trainings in diversity and inclusion are a best practice to ensure all employees understand how they can foster and benefit from a diverse and inclusive workforce. We offer several opportunities for our employees to enhance their Diversity and Inclusion toolkit. 

Visit our Education and Skill-building page to learn more about our Diversity & Inclusion Trainings offered. 

Belonging and Business Impact: Business Resource Groups

A fundamental human need, we are hardwired to belong. When individuals don not feel as though they belong, it directly affects our ability to advance the mission of UT Southwestern. To foster a culture of belonging, the Division of Diversity and Inclusion oversees various initiatives. One of these initiatives includes UT Southwestern’s Business Resource Groups (BRGs). 

UT Southwestern is home to multiple Business Resource Groups (BRGs), also known as employee resource groups or affinity groups.  BRGs are voluntary, employee-led groups that serve as a resource for members and the organization by advancing diversity, inclusion, and employee engagement. UT Southwestern’s BRGs host events that promote networking, mentor opportunities, and career development for all members. BRGs are open to all UT Southwestern employees, regardless of race, gender, or other status.

Our six Employee Business Resource Groups are:

To learn more about our business resource groups, please visit our Business Resource Group page.

Diversity & Inclusion Resources

Enhance your diversity and inclusion toolkit by learning more about the following topics.

Internal Resources

External and Community Resources

To view links to these resources, visit our Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit.

Feature Stories

The issues behind social and economic inequality in healthcare are larger than any one organization can tackle alone. We have an opportunity – and an obligation – to foster collective movement towards greater diversity and inclusion through our actions and partnerships. 

Virtual forums initiate campus conversations about racial diversity

Virtual forums initiate campus conversations about racial diversity

In a year when protests over racial justice gripped the nation, UT Southwestern’s Office of Institutional Equity and Access, Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, and Office of Faculty Diversity and Development found ways to bring the campus together for necessary conversations about race. The offices sponsored both collaborative and independent virtual events to keep staff, students, and faculty engaged even as a large part of the UTSW community continued to work and learn remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Business Resource Groups foster community, connection online during COVID-19

Business Resource Groups foster community, connection online during COVID-19

During a time when people are more physically distanced, UT Southwestern’s Business Resource Groups (BRGs) have emerged as effective outlets for employees to stay engaged across remote locations. The Office of Institutional Equity & Access’ Division of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) and BRG leaders realized a need early on to cultivate a sense of connection among employees during the pandemic. Approximately 7,000 employees of the institution’s more than 18,500-member workforce were working remotely by mid-March. To bridge the gap between workers on their home-based computer screens, the groups used creative thinking to maintain programming and forge a new normal.

Black History Month speaker urges audience to transform the world through the 'power of one'

Dr. James E.K. Hildreth gives the keynote speech during the Black History Month celebration held on Feb. 13.

In celebration of Black History Month, UT Southwestern hosts an annual campus event where national leaders in the areas of medicine, government, or higher education are invited to campus to share knowledge and celebrate the achievements by African Americans and other diverse populations in U.S. history. 

Blossoming in Frisco: UTSW clinical manager focused on serving her community.

Daffodil Beaz, Assistant Director of Clinical Operations at UT Southwestern Frisco, is happily serving her neighbors at the medical institution's new location.

Daffodil Beaz stands out as the Assistant Director of Clinical Operations at UT Southwestern Frisco. She has a big responsibility to make sure day-to-day operations run smoothly, and as the site continues to blossom she remains focused on how best to serve patients.

Meet the most recent winners of the Strauss Awards for Service Excellence

the fourth-quarter 2019 recipients of the Diana and Richard C. Strauss Service Excellence Award

Congratulations to the fourth-quarter 2019 recipients of the Diana and Richard C. Strauss Service Excellence Award, honoring employees who exemplify excellent care and service, professionalism, a positive attitude, dedication to teamwork, dependability, enthusiasm, and compassion for patients, guests, and co-workers. The awards are presented quarterly throughout the calendar year.

Faculty who founded DFW Association of Black Psychologists connect with community to advance mental health

Assistant Professors of Psychiatry Drs. Olufunke Awosogba, Jennifer Mayfield, Mona Robbins, and Michael Selders

Assistant Professors of Psychiatry Drs. Olufunke Awosogba, Jennifer Mayfield, Mona Robbins, and Michael Selders co-founded and lead a local organization that seeks to advance awareness of mental health concerns that affect the black community, with a focus on education, service, training, academic advancement, mentorship, and peer networking. The organization also provides a collective space where black psychologists can share personal and professional experiences.