Equity and Diversity

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We Support Diversity

To address the need for ethnic and gender diversity within the Infectious Diseases workforce and to provide a more diverse peer group for Infectious Diseases fellows, our fellowship program actively promotes careers in Infectious Diseases to minority premedical and medical students and emphasizes ethnic and gender diversity when selecting new fellows.

Our efforts to encourage diversity are supported by the University of Minnesota Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity.

We Support Trainees with Disabilities

The University of Minnesota is committed to providing all fellows and clinical trainees equal access to learning opportunities.

  • Disability Services is the campus office that works with trainees who have disabilities to provide and/or arrange reasonable accommodations.
  • Fellows registered with Disability Services, who have a letter requesting accommodations, are encouraged to bring this to the program director or faculty supervisor early in their fellowship.
  • Clinical trainees who have, or think they may have, a disability (e.g. psychiatric, attentional, learning, vision, hearing, physical, or systemic), are invited to contact Disability Services (DS) for a confidential discussion at (612) 626-1333 (V/TTY) or at ds@umn.edu.
  • Additional information is available on the Disability Services website

Research and Clinical Externships

Many IDIM fellowship program faculty members support trainees from minority groups in doing research and clinical externships. For information, contact Dr. Susan Kline - (612) 624-9996. 

Faculty also mentor students in funded research or clinical activities, including through:

  • The “Medical Scholars Program”, sponsored by the Infectious Diseases Society of America - Website
  • The “ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship”, sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology - Website
  • The “Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program”, sponsored by the University of Minnesota - Website
  • The “Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Programs (LSSURP)”, sponsored by the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences - Website
  • “Minnesota Future Doctors”, sponsored by the University of Minnesota Medical School - Website

Minority Student Science Conferences

We support our minority group Infectious Diseases fellows to participate at national minority student science conferences, including:

  • The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students - Website
  • The Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans - Website