Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The OB-GYN Department’s Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was established in 2017 and includes a growing group of faculty, residents and staff who are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive culture within our department and residency program.

The University of Colorado OB-GYN Residency Program is committed to celebrating diversity in all forms. Our mission is to foster a welcoming, inclusive program that actively employs strategies to recruit highly qualified residents from underrepresented groups in medicine to The University of Colorado. In addition, we encourage a community that supports and welcomes our residents regardless of race, gender, age, ethnicity, nationality, religious or political beliefs, sexual orientation or gender identity among other characteristics.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine (SOM) shares in its commitment as evidenced by the 2015 Diversity plan which presents the following goals: promote academic advancement and success of minority house officers; break down racial, gender, ethnic stereotypes to promote an inclusive climate; and promote areas of scholarship related to cultural and racial inequalities in health care.

By striving for a diverse residency program, we aim to prepare residents to succeed in navigating the complexities related to health and healthcare disparities in our rapidly changing society.

  • Committing to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the department and residency program. 
  • Improving the patient experience for gender non-conforming and non-English speaking patients in clinical spaces.
  • Increasing and promoting diversity in faculty and resident recruitment and retention.
  • Supporting residents and faculty of diverse backgrounds.
  • Providing formal education on diversity, inclusion, and implicit bias to faculty and staff.
  • Engaging with the community.


One of the University of Colorado’s Department of OB-GYN’s guiding principles is to promote cultural and gender diversity and equal opportunity within our institution. Therefore, the OB-GYN Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Externship Scholarship Program​ was created to provide financial support to fourth-year medical students from underrepresented backgrounds (racial, ethnic, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identification) during the University of Colorado’s Visiting OB-GYN Acting Internship.  Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and attend an allopathic medical school in the U.S. to be eligible.​ The scholarship awards $1,000 in financial support to be used for travel and housing costs.

Please join us for upcoming events! For further questions and details, please email Ashley Woodhouse.

Event Description Event Date
Upcoming Events Summer Faculty Series: Understanding Culture June 24, 2020
Summer Faculty Series: Unconscious Bias and Microaggression July 1, 2020
Summer Faculty Series: Power, Privilege and Racism in Medicine July 8, 2020
Summer Faculty Series: Reducing Racism in Evaluation and Review August 12, 2020
Summer Faculty Series: Assuring a Sense of Belonging in Medical Culture August 26, 2020
Invited Grand Rounds: Darin Latimore, MD, Deputy Dean and Chief Diversity Officer at Yale School of Medicine October 14, 2020
Past Events Attendance at LMSA Annual Conference March 2020
AAMC Foundational Principles of Inclusion Excellence Workshop led by Dr. David Acosta August 2019
Denver PRIDE June 2019
Attendance at SNMA AMEC April 2019
Summer Faculty Series: Implicit Bias Workshop and Equity Workshop Summer 2018


Veronica Alaniz, MD, MPH

DEI Committee Faculty Chair Assistant Program
Director for Diversity and Inclusion



Nicki Nguyen, MD

Denver Health Associate Residency Program Director
Sub-Internship Course Director



Stephanie Teal, MD, MPH

Vice Chair of Faculty Development & Diversity​



Joanna Wong, MD, MPH

Resident Co-Chair – PGY4



Jessica Crowe, MD

Junior Resident Co-Chair – PGY3


DEI Book Club Picks:

Additional Resources

Carly Hollinshead
OB-GYN Clerkship Coordinator
12631 East 17th Avenue
Room 4007, B198-1
Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: (303) 724-2548