The sample activities below provide a framework for faculty members to find opportunities and develop practices that support diversity, equity and inclusion at Washington University School of Medicine and beyond.

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Grants and Projects
Across the spectrum of research (basic, translational, clinical, health services, community engaged research, etc.), grants or research projects that include objectives that address the health of historically marginalized populations and/or that address differences in therapeutic efficacy, health disparities, health care, or health care delivery related to marginalized communities

Publications, conference presentations, invited lectures or presentations regarding research or other activities that address the health of historically marginalized populations, and/or that address differences in therapeutic efficacy, health disparities, health care, or health care delivery related to marginalized communities

Research Methods
Efforts to improve study design and/or data collection and analysis practices to be deliberately inclusive and equitable and to optimize representation across a diverse range of voices and perspectives.

Research Staff and Faculty
Recruitment and/or retention of diverse research teams/personnel

Multicenter Collaborations
Research collaborations with faculty at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and/or those institutions that predominantly serve historically marginalized populations (including internationally)

Institutional, Community-Based, National, or International awards and/or recognitions for DEI-focused research


Inclusive teaching practices
Pedagogy, DEI content, multicultural courses, global perspectives

Teaching historically marginalized students
Organizing, directing, teaching, or participating as an instructor in courses, modules, workshops, or other opportunities designed for historically marginalized students and trainees; Lead/direct academic pathway/pipeline programs that focus on URiM/URiR groups/individuals.

Curriculum development
Development or revision of curricula related to DEI topics

Service as invited faculty for DEI presentations/workshops for students, residents, fellows, faculty, or community members) on a local, regional, national level

Sponsoring applicants for fellowships and training awards designed to support career development for historically marginalized students, residents, fellows, or faculty 

Publications, invited lectures, conference or other presentations describing research or activities that relate to DEI educational objectives and/or inclusive pedagogies

Institutional, Community-Based, National, or International awards and/or recognitions for DEI related work on education-related topics


Expansion of clinical services focused on diverse patient populations

Efforts to enhance access for underserved patients

Addressing inequities
Clinical work toward eliminating health inequities

Care for historically underserved patient populations, culturally responsive care (teaching, demonstrating, etc., for patients)

Quality Improvement / Patient Safety

Process Improvement 
Lead projects that identify and/or address how current processes for care may disproportionally or exclusively impact minoritized or under-privileged populations. Use process improvement projects to create new processes that can help mitigate the impact of socio-economic disadvantages on health outcomes

Lead projects aimed at improving the patient experience of diverse patient populations

Grants, publications, invited lectureships aimed at creating processes that help improve medical outcomes for patients who face socio-economic barriers to health


Intentional advising or mentoring underrepresented or international learners   

Serving as an advisor to a student organization related to underrepresented and/or historically marginalized groups 

Mentoring faculty and staff from underrepresented groups 

Mentoring faculty engaged in DEI-related research 

Mentoring students, trainees, faculty and/or staff on work related to DEI

Demonstrated expertise in mentoring across differences/cross cultural mentoring/culturally responsive mentorship


Institutional, Community-Based, National, or International awards and/or recognitions for DEI work

Chairing or serving on division, department, school, health system, and/or campus committees, task forces or working groups pertaining to DEI work

Professional Development
Leading or delivering DEI-related professional development programming

Serving as a DEI Liaison, Equity Champion and/or Diversity Advisor

Serving on search committees that focus on attracting diverse faculty and/or staff applicants; participating in active recruitment of diverse students and trainees at all levels 

Program development
Creating and/or leading programs related to DEI, on campus and/or beyond (e.g., efforts that create spaces/programs that facilitate greater sense of belonging and a welcoming environment for marginalized students, faculty, and/or staff)

Deliberately provide exposure to the research produced by underrepresented groups in open knowledge environments

Advocacy, policy, and quality improvement
Policy development, quality improvement efforts, and other service to the profession that has significant impact on DEI-related outcomes

Peer Review
Providing peer review for journals and conferences that disseminate scholarship related to DEI, as well as granting agencies that fund DEI-related activities Faculty Development and CME

Community Impact

Board membership
Chair or serve on a Community board linked to the advancement of DEI 

Community-based outreach, programing or workshops to historically marginalized communities (e.g., for K-12 students, community organizations, religious institutions)

Consulting activities (paid or unpaid) related to DEI community activities and organizations  

Faculty Development & CME

Completing DEI 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, and/or 4.0; Understanding Systemic Racism (USR) curriculum or other DEI Professional Development offerings

Increase self-awareness and knowledge
Engage in CME and/or professional development events, programs, courses, or workshops on DEI topics such as microaggressions, unconscious bias, upstander training; culturally relevant mentoring; inclusive teaching; DEI reading groups

Attend conferences
Attend grand rounds, other CME activities, or research seminars on topics related to health inequities and/or care for underserved or marginalized communities