Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Brigham and Women’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee is committed to the following mission:

  • Promote greater diversity in the medicine residency program by recommending strategic initiatives to recruit, support, and retain residents and faculty from diverse and historically underrepresented backgrounds in medicine
  • Promote participation in activities advocating for and supporting underserved and disenfranchised communities of color in greater Boston
  • Communicate diversity and inclusion initiatives, actions and results to all interested parties throughout the residency program and the Department of Medicine
  • Serve as a professional and social support system for residents within the department that identify as underrepresented in medicine (UIM)

leadership (Co-Chairs)

Duaa AbdelHameid
(PGY-2)

David Sanchez
(PGY-3)

Sub-committee Leadership

Recruitment

Miriam Kwarteng-Siaw
(PGY-2)

Luisa Paredes
(PGY-2)

Moses Murdock
(PGY-1)

Nnenna Ezeh
(PGY-1)

Mentorship

Zainab Jaji
(PGY-3)

Nick Chedid
(PGY-2)

Miguel Linares
(PGY-1)

Social

Cheikh Njie
(PGY-3)

Michael Senter Zapata
(PGY-2)

Community

Ericka Howard
(PGY-3)

Ashley Odai-Afotey
(PGY-1)

Ramon Rodriguez
(PGY-1)

Anu Sopeyin
(PGY-1)

SUB-COMMITTEEs

  • Involvement in the application screening process for internal medicine residency applicants
  • Individualized outreach to applicants granted/scheduled for an interview
  • Involved in creating alternatives to URM resident dinners/socials, especially in the setting of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Post interview outreach
  • Social media outreach
    • BWH D&I Twitter
  • Quarterly social events for the IM D&I members
    • Past events:
      • Meet-up at Time Out
      • Bowling at Jillians
      • Holiday Party
      • UIM BBQ/Cookout
      • Boston wide UIM resident event including BWH, MGH, BIDMC and BMC
    • Emotional and mental wellness initiatives
    • Plan and execute first annual UIM retreat for the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Identify community outreach opportunities in Boston’s underserved neighborhoods
    • Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center in Dorchester
    • High school mentorship programs
  • Collaborate with HMS SNMA/LMSA, Office of Diversity and Community Partnership and the Brigham Center for Community Health and Health Equity on service opportunities
  • Collaborate with the Social Justice Committee/Racial Health Equity on community activism and housestaff educational initiatives
    • Development of residency wide anti-racism curriculum
    • Establish partnerships with public defender services in Boston for decarceration initiatives
  • Big/Little sib (resident:intern)
  • SNMA/LMSA HMS big/little sib mentoring
  • AMEC/LMSA national meeting preparation/registration
  • Pair up current residents with a URM faculty mentor
  • Development of formal research mentorship programs for UIM residents
    • Rheumatology’s Joint Biology Consortium mentorship program for UIM residents
  • Maintain database of health disparities research
  • Advertise funding support opportunities for individual projects

Calendar/Events

Fall 2020:

  • D&I Holiday Party in December 2020

Spring 2021:

  • First Annual UIM retreat
  • D&I Graduation Party in June 2020