Brandi Freeman, MD (Photo courtesy KUSA)
Brandi Freeman, MD, Associate Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Photo courtesy KUSA)

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

The Department of Pediatrics is committed to creating a diverse environment for faculty, fellows, residents, staff and students. 

A primary lever in this work is our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, which is comprised of representatives from faculty and staff across the Department of Pediatrics and supporting communities. This committee seeks to promote the recruitment, retention, professional excellence and the overall well-being of individuals and teams who reflect the diversity that is Pediatrics. Members of the committee are also entrusted with leadership in facilitating open and safe discourse within our academic and medical community that will help us grow the professional and cultural experience of the Department of Pediatrics.

For more information about our committee, please contact Brandi Freeman, MD, at or Rhonda Buckner at​.

School of Medicine Office of Diversity & Inclusion 

The University of Colorado School of Medicine believes that diversity is a value that is central to its educational, research, service, and health care missions.

For more information on diversity efforts across the campus, please visit: School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Pediatric Resident Program

Dr. Brandi Freeman, MD, Associate Vice Chair for the Department of Pediatrics Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, also serves as the faculty liaison for the Pediatric Resident ProgramDiversity in Pediatrics Committee for Resident Education (DIPC). Let’s hear from one of our residents in their own words.









Marcela (Marcy) Mendenhall, MD (she/her/hers), is an Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics, Section of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado, Children’s Hospital Colorado.

On June 1, 2020, Marcy accepted the role of Director of Diversity, Health Equity, and Inclusion for the Section of Emergency Medicine. In this role, Marcy will lead a team of approximately 80 members as they work to improve Education, Advocacy and Engagement & Outreach surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion for the Section of Emergency Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics.