Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Gender and identity: A lecture on diversity

In the first in a series of diversity lectures offered through the Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity Programs, Melissa E. Sanchez of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke on “Addressing a More Complex and Encompassing Understanding of Identity.”

Kristina García

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

Should doctors insist on being called ‘doctor’?

Jules Lipoff of the Perelman School of Medicine wrote an opinion piece about the pros and cons of using the title of “doctor” when interacting with students or patients. “When white male doctors like me use it to refer to themselves, it makes it easier for female doctors or doctors of color to do the same,” he said. “So even at the risk of seeming pretentious, I think it’s reasonable to insist that every doctor be called a doctor.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

These diversity efforts could transform the future of health care at Penn

Eve Higginbotham of the Perelman School of Medicine was interviewed about diversity in health care at Penn and beyond. “Increasing diversity enhances access to care for diverse communities,” she said.


NBC News

There are too few Latino nurses. COVID showed how important they are

Dean Antonia Villarruel of the School of Nursing, spoke about the structural barriers that prevent many Latino students from pursuing nursing and the important role Spanish-speaking nurses have played during the pandemic.


Los Angeles Times

Black, Latinx and female entrepreneurs are still ignored by most venture capitalists

Katherine Klein of the Wharton School spoke about the lack of diversity in venture capital funding. “The disparity in who the venture capitalists are and where their money goes is just phenomenal,” she said.


Marketplace (NPR)

For chief diversity officers, a changed landscape after Floyd’s murder

Stephanie Creary of the Wharton School spoke about the challenges faced by chief diversity officers. “They’re spending a lot of time in meetings convincing people that this is important and don’t always have sufficient time to do the work that needs to be done in order to move the needle on diversity,” she said.


Al Día

2021 AL DÍA Top Doctors: A celebration of diversity in medicine unlike any other

Iris Reyes of the Perelman School of Medicine is among 12 Latino doctors honored by AL DÍA for contributions to the profession and the community. Reyes founded the UPHS-CHOP Alliance of Minority Physicians which has expanded diversity in the Health System, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Perelman School of Medicine. “I am proud to work alongside such talented and passionate medical students, trainees and faculty who seek to change the status quo,” said Reyes.