Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our Commitments

In the Department of Emergency Medicine, we believe that diversity will power change. Our vision is to change the world with emergency care excellence. To do this, we will enhance and foster a learning community and a mentoring culture that is committed to diversity and inclusive excellence. 

We need to engage everyone to transform health care and improve human health: to collaborate, discover, and innovate; to accelerate and lead; and to improve and transform care, health, and well-being. Our learning community empowers diverse, multidisciplinary individuals and teams to work together towards these goals. Diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise are both a value and a mission.  We are committed to an equitable and inclusive environment where everyone has cultural safety to be authentic, belong, and thrive.

At the Department of Emergency Medicine, we believe that:

  • Diversity strengthens our department by transforming care so we can transform the lives of our patients and in communities. 
  • Through teaching and learning, we change the world for current and future patients, health care providers, and scientists.
  • By infusing teams with diverse perspectives and expertise, we collectively tackle the greatest challenges of our time with our greatest resources—our people and community.

We welcome you to join us as we discover, develop and disseminate from the Front Line!

Our Story

The University of Colorado School of Medicine is located at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora Colorado, just east of downtown Denver.  CU Anschutz is the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain Region, including a major medical hub for the University of Colorado Hospital and UCHealth system; Colorado Children’s Hospital; and the Veteran Affairs Hospital. CU Anschutz campus was developed on the former Fitzsimons Medical Army Base.

Our academic health center includes six schools and colleges—Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy, Dental Medicine, and Graduate Education—that rank among the Best Rated in the U.S. News and World Report. We are committed to transforming structures in education, science, and medicine in such that we ensure diversity, equity, inclusion, and health equity.

Together, the University of Colorado Denver and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus are designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), Minority Serving Institution (MSI), and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). We are taking concrete steps to transform our campus and institutions into models for diversity and inclusive excellence so that we can harness all talents towards our missions. 


Antonio Farias Named Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Picture of Antonia FariasUniversity of Colorado Denver Chancellor Michelle Marks announced the appointment of Antonio Farias as Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) following the completion of a national search for this important Cabinet-level position.

Farias, a longtime educator, brings more than 20 years of strong and varied experience educating and elevating underrepresented students and advising academic and military leaders on DEI best practices.

Read more at UC Denver News >>>



Achievements / Awards

SAEM Outstanding Department Award:  2019 University of Colorado

This national award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Academy (SAEM) for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM) goes to the Emergency Medicine (EM)Department that has shown support of women in academic EM through organizational initiatives that address the recruitment, development and advancement of all women as well as promoting gender equality, diversity, opportunity and inclusion. To win this award, the University of Colorado showed evidence for: 

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  1. Global approaches for supporting the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in Emergency Medicine,
  2. Family friendly policies for recruitment and retention of women in EM department,
  3. A supportive environment for development and advancement of women in EM,
  4. High percentage of female faculty or recent recruitment of female faculty,
  5. High retention rate of female faculty, and
  6. High percentage of women in leadership (percentage of women in administrative leadership positions as well as the percentage of women gaining promotions).

In the News

Diversity Recruitment External Advisory Committee

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CHAIR - Christopher Hoyte, MD, FAACT, FACMT
Medical Director, Rocky Mountain Poison Center
Fellowship Director, Rocky Mountain Poison Center
Medical Director, Toxicology Clinic, University of Colorado Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

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Jose R. Castillo-Mancilla, MD
Associate Professor
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

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Kristen Nadeau, MD, MS
Professor, Pediatrics-Endocrinology
Director, CU-SOM Longitudinal Mentored Scholarly Activity, 
Co-Director, Clinical Sciences CLSC 6300/7300
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

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Wei Perng, PhD, MPH 
Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Assistant Director of ‘Omics Research, Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes (LEAD) Center Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

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Jackie Ward-Gaines, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Resources in Emergency Medicine

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