CU OB-GYN Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

2022 LMSA Conference

CU OB-GYN Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

2022 SNMA Conference

CU OB-GYN Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

2022 Global Fest

CU OB-GYN Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

DEI Book Club

CU OB-GYN Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Residents and Faculty at Denver PRIDE Fest in 2019

CU OB-GYN Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

DEI Book Club

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, who intend to match into an OB-GYN residency program, 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 $2,500 in financial support to be used for travel and housing costs.

For More Information on Upcoming Events, check out our Department of OB-GYN Academic Calendar.

Event Description Event Date
Upcoming Events Attendance at LMSA Annual Conference September 2023
Denver Juneteenth Festival June 2023
Denver PRIDE June 2023
Attendance at SNMA Annual Conference April 2023
Past Events DEI Networking Reception and Holiday Event December 15, 2022
LMSA Virtual Residency Fair September 24, 2022
DEI Welcome Event September 23, 2022
Wheelchair Barbie Goes to the Gynecologist with Cody Unser September 7, 2022
Global Fest 2022 August 20, 2022
Faculty Development Series - Mentorship, Intersectionality & Promoting Allyship - Florencia Polite, MD July 27, 2022
OB-GYN DEI Grand Rounds with Veronica Gillispie-Bell, MD, MAS April 13, 2022
Attendance at SNMA Annual Conference April 2022
Attendance at LMSA Annual Conference March 2022
OB-GYN Grand Rounds: Female Sterilization & Social Justice with Sonya Borrero, MD March 2, 2022
Summer Faculty Development: Reproductive Justice with Jamila Perritt, MD August 2021
Summer Faculty Development: Bias, Microaggressions and Allyship with Shanta Zimmer, MD & Christy Angerhofer July 2021
OB-GYN Grand Rounds: Reproductive Justice as a Framework for Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinical Care, Research, Teaching and Leadership(Resident Invited Speaker) with Lisa Harris, MD March 2021
OB-GYN Invited Grand Rounds: Microaggressions: How Do They Impact the Academic Environment for Health Professional Trainees with Darin Latimore, MD October 2020
Summer Faculty Series: Reducing Racism in Evaluation and Review August 2020
Summer Faculty Series: Assuring a Sense of Belonging in Medical Culture August 2020
Summer Faculty Series: Unconscious Bias and Microaggression July 2020
Summer Faculty Series: Power, Privilege and Racism in Medicine July 2020
Summer Faculty Series: Understanding Culture June 2020
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


Marsha K. Guess, MD, MS

Vice Chair of Faculty Development & Diversity



Nicki Nguyen, MD

Denver Health Associate Residency Program Director
Sub-Internship Course Director



Veronica Alaniz, MD, MPH

DEI Committee Faculty Chair Assistant Program Director for Diversity and Inclusion


DEI Resident Representatives


Adeola Akapo, MD

Senior Chair, PGY4



Simone Boney, MD

Junior Chair, PGY2



Cosette Kathawa, MD

PGY4, Class Representative



Sarah Gebrezghi, MD

PGY3, Class Representative



Hector (Santi) Porragas, MD

PGY3, Class Representative



Anindita Varshneya, MD

PGY2, Class Representative



Kayla Menendez, MD

PGY1, Class Representative


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


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