Announcing the SOM DEI Mini-Grant Winners

The SOM Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has announced the first set of DEI Mini-Grant winners during the 2022 pilot year of the awards program.


The UNC School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has announced the first round of DEI Mini-Grant winners in the awards program’s 2022 pilot year. Awards range from $1,500 to $2,000 and are available to support DEI applications and projects, including research, programs, conferences, trainings and more.

The 2022 winners are:

Rick Baker, Qi Zhang, Silvia Ramos, Laura Lindsey-Boltz, Darex Vera-Rodriguez, Jean Marie Mwiza and Kanishk Jain (biochemistry and biophysics)

Support DEI initiatives at the Biochemistry and Biophysics (BCBP) Department Retreat in October 2022, including a guest speaker from a historically underrepresented background and a panel discussion on actionable DEI initiatives within the BCBP Department.

Dominique Ellerbe, Tonia Poteat and Jennifer Williams (social medicine)

Develop and present a webinar series for LGBTQ people that offers assertive and specific support around life skills, employment and financial literacy.

Jennifer Fuchs, Nadia Hoekstra and Kisa Wilson (pediatrics)

Support a monthly longitudinal DEI program for pediatric fellows that provides education as well as a regular safe space to discuss related issues.

Gabrielle Hodgins and Tyehimba Hunt-Harrison (psychiatry)

Implementation of the Black Beauty Kit initiative. This initiative aims to promote equitable and patient-centered care for patients admitted to UNC’s psychiatric inpatient units.

Sheryl Jordan, Paul Marini and Michele Clark (Radiology)

Assist with the administrative needs of the Mauricio Castillo Diversity and Inclusion Scholars program.

Gretchen Mason, Judithe Louis and Samantha Campbell (social medicine)

Attend and participate in the National Facing Race Conference, the largest multiracial and intergenerational conference for racial justice advocates.

Megan M. Patterson and Rick Baker (orthopedics)

Host a Perry Initiative medical student outreach program at UNC-Chapel Hill. The Perry Initiative is a national program created to encourage women to pursue careers in orthopedics and engineering.

Megan M. Patterson and Philip Clark (orthopedics)

Support scholarships for fourth-year medical students from underrepresented backgrounds who have a competitive application for orthopedic residency.

Jennifer Vonderau and Chileatha Wynn (health sciences)

Creation of a medical Spanish program, summer 2022, offering students the opportunity to learn medical terminology and learn the components of the medical interview.

If you would like to apply for a DEI Mini-Grant, please complete the DEI Mini-Grant Application and return it to Makayla King. Grants are available for faculty, staff, interns, and students, and application deadlines are June 1, September 1, and December 1. Candidates will be informed of the status of their application by the end of the corresponding month.

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