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Office of Diversity and Equity Transformation

Role of the Office of Diversity and Equity Transformation

Lead

Provide overall strategic leadership, direction and coordination of DEI practices.

Coordinate

Triage, oversee and promote effective DEI-related collaborative efforts across the school and UW Health.

Accelerate

Advance measurable progress by composing high-impact and effective DEI innovation across our missions through transformation.

Serving both UW School of Medicine and Public Health and UW Health, our aim is to be:

  • Targeted: Focusing on specific strategies that are integrated and aligned across the organization to allow intentional, systemic change.
  • Streamlined: Breaking down siloed work and connecting across the system to develop strategic and transformative approaches.
  • Impactful: Placing organizational attention in key areas including advancing diversity, equity and inclusion efforts that engage staff, and actions to advance DEI in the basic science departments, institutes, centers, and programs.
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Our Team

Shiva Bidar-Sielaff

Credentials: MA, CDM

Position title: Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity Transformation at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, and Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at UW Health

Email: SBidar-Sielaff@uwhealth.org

Naomi Takahashi

Credentials: MSW, LCSW

Position title: Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Email: ntakahashi@uwhealth.org

Beverly Hutcherson

Credentials: MS

Position title: Manager, Diversity and Inclusion

Email: bahutcherson@wisc.edu

Pearl Leonard-Rock

Credentials: MA

Position title: DEI Consultant

Email: mleonard-rock@uwhealth.org

Afra Smith

Credentials: MBA

Position title: DEI Consultant

Email: asmith9@uwhealth.org

Ginger Francis

Credentials: MSW, CAPSW

Position title: Program Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Email: gfrancis@uwhealth.org

Diego Campoverde Cisneros

Position title: Manager, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our Vision

Graphic describing the vision of the Office of Diversity and Equity Transformation: Expand professional development for faculty and staff; support BIPOC and LGBTQ+ faculty and staff; apply equity lens to policies and processes; support basic science departments and training programs