University Resource Groups
University Resource Groups (RGs) foster diversity and inclusion by helping create safe and welcoming environments where an individual’s race, ethnicity, gender, levels of ability, religious beliefs, sexual orientation/gender identity and other important personal attributes are viewed as organizational assets. RGs are open to all members of the University of Chicago community including faculty, staff, post-doctoral researchers, residents, and students.
Black Men Engaged (BME) seeks to build community and camaraderie among Black Men at the University of Chicago. The resource group also serves to promote the importance of service, mentorship, and professional networking on and off campus.
For more information, or if you are interested in being part of our email listserv, please contact Tobias Spears at email@example.com
- David Hampton, Assistant Professor, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
- Vince Morgan, MD Candidate, Pritzker School of Medicine
- Selwyn Rogers, Professor and Chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Director, Trauma Center Executive Vice President, Community Health Engagement
- Tobias Spears, Director of Diversity Initiatives, Biological Sciences Division
- Kenneth Wilson, Associate Professor, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Deputy Director, Trauma Center
Selwyn Rogers, Professor, Surgery; Chief, Section for Trauma and Acute Care Surgery; Founding Director, Trauma Center; Executive Vice President for Community Health Engagement
The purpose of HLX is to unify LatinX members of the University of Chicago by creating a sense of community, building a network, and celebrating cultural traditions. HLX aims to further the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion by creating a welcoming environment that promotes professional and personal development, and career advancement.Click here to join to the HLX Listserve.
- Co-chair – Cristina Corrigan (she/her/hers), Clinical Research Informatics Analyst, Center for Research Informatics, BSD
- Co-chair – Melissa Leadingham (she/her/hers), Financial Administrator, Local Business Center, PSD
- Resource Group Coordinator – Alex Laguna (she/her/hers), Training Program Manager, Office of Master’s Education, BSD
Belinda Cortez Vazquez, Associate Dean of Students in the University for Student Affairs; Director, UChicago HELP
The LGBT+ Resource Group is comprised of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of the Biological Sciences Division, the Pritzker School of Medicine, the University of Chicago Medicine community, and its allies. They are a group contributing to the support, education, advocacy, professional development, networking, and outreach for LGBT+ employees, students, patients, and their families. They are also an advisory group supporting the BSD, Pritzker, and UCM in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment.Click here to join the LGBT+ Resource Group
Clovis Sarmiento (he/him/his)
Clovis Sarmiento is the LGBT+ Resource Group Chair. He is the Health Literacy Coordinator at the University of Chicago Medicine where he facilitates the development, implementation and evaluation of quality improvement initiatives related to health literacy. He’s looking forward to working with the resource group to develop new collaborative programming. He resides in Hyde Park with his partner, Tom.
If you have any questions regarding the LGBT+ Resource Group, please contact him at ClovisJohn.Sarmiento@uchospitals.edu.
Paul Djuricich (he/him/his)
Paul Djuricich is the Vice Chair of the LGBT+ Resource Group. He is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for Infectious Disease at University of Chicago where he helps provide access and follow up for the patients in the outpatient clinic including HIV and Prep. In addition he helps to fundraise for the Team to end AIDS for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.
He resides in Lakeview with his husband Damon to share the responsibilities of taking care of their temperamental beagle.
Lisa Sandos (she/her/hers)
Lisa Sandos is the LGBT+ Resource Group Coordinator. She is the Health Literacy Advancement Manager at the University of Chicago Medicine. She manages the development of health literacy projects across the organization. She assists in the development and manages the implementation of quality improvement initiatives related to cultural competence, health literacy, inclusion, and health equity. Ms. Sandos was instrumental with helping UCM gain a leader designation from the Human Rights Campaign, Healthcare Equality Index.
- Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 12 pm, Zoom
- Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 12 pm, Zoom
- Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 12 pm, Zoom
- Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 12 pm, TBD
- Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 12 pm, TBD
- Spring 2021 Day of Service, TBD
- Chicago Pride Parade, TBD
Member ResourcesClick here to access group member resources
Jason Keeler, Vice President, Clinical and Procedural Services, UCMC
This is a group comprised of Muslim members and allies of the BSD, Pritzker, UCM and broader university community. The group aims to provide a “safe-space” to discuss issues of religious and cultural accommodation and inclusion within campus as it relates to the Muslim community. Further, the group aims to be a resource for its members and liaise with leadership around policies and actions that can service the religious and spiritual needs of Muslim at the U of C. Without a voice, Muslim members of the community will continue to feel marginalized and perceive discrimination and lack of inclusion. Consequently, this group aims to give voice and agency, and otherwise support students, trainees, faculty, staff and employees.
To be included on the MIRG listserv please send an email with "subscribe" in the subject header to firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Dr. Aasim Padela for more information
- Dr. Mahmoud Ismail: Dr. Ismail is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Co-Director of the University of Chicago Perinatal Network. He is an expert in high-risk obstetrics, maternal-fetal medicine and infectious diseases in obstetrics.
- Dr. Aasim Padela: Dr. Padela is the Director of the Program on Medicine and Religion as well as the Director of the Initiative on Islam and Medicine at the University. He is also an Associate Professor in the section of Emergency Medicine and a faculty member at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. Dr. Padela is an emergency medicine physician, health services researcher, and bioethicist whose scholarship focuses on the intersection of minority health and bioethics through the lens of the healthcare experiences of American Muslim patients and health care providers.
- Prof Amir Sufi: Professor Sufi is a Bruce Lindsay Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He serves as an associate editor for the American Economic Review, the Journal of Finance and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Professor Sufi was awarded the 2017 Fischer Black Prize by the American Finance Association, given biennially to the top financial economics scholar under the age of 40.
- Seher Siddiqee: Seher is the Assistant Director of Spiritual Life and Advisor for Muslim Affairs at the University of Chicago. She was born and raised in California where she completed her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies and Psychology at Santa Clara University. She graduated from Hartford Seminary with her M.A. in Islamic Studies with an emphasis in Muslim-Christian Relations and a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy. Seher has been deeply involved in her local Muslim and Interfaith communities; being a part of both and building bridges is one of her biggest passions.
Aasim Padela, Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine; Director, Program on Medicine and Religion; Director, Initiative on Islam and Medicine
NOTICE is a resource group jointly established by UChicago Medicine, the Biological Sciences Division, and the Pritzker School of Medicine. We seek to elevate and amplify women of color for the purposes of increasing the number that advance into leadership positions. NOTICE facilitates mentorship and professional development opportunities, dialogue and safe spaces, as well as resources for members in an effort to cultivate internal talent within University of Chicago Medicine. Through these activities, NOTICE will increase the visibility of qualified internal candidates who are women of color for leadership positions across the organization.
To provide professional and personal development, safe venues for culturally sensitive dialogue, and create robust community engagement programming to women of color to increase the number of women of color in leadership.
The Analytics Committee works to collect, interpret, and communicate relevant NOTICE data, which supports NOTICE objectives.
- Melody Jones
- Jodi Graham
The Communications Committee designs, implements, and sustain communications that promotes and supports all NOTICE objectives.
- Darquita Croft-Tabb
On a foundation of mutual respect, we will work together to build a beacon of fully engaged diverse leaders who leverage their unique attributes to galvanize innovation and problem-solving skills throughout operations. Members will evolve into fully engage leaders, draped with PRIDE values. NOTICE leaders will identify emerging leaders and marshal the next generation of leaders throughout the organization as a conduit proficient in diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Participation: A spirit of teamwork and sharing
Respect: A consideration and appreciation for others
Integrity: Honesty in our words and actions
Diversity: Honoring the power of different backgrounds and perspectives
Excellence A commitment to do our best at all times
Collaboratively with UC Community Stakeholders, the Job Fair Committee designs, implements, and supports the NOTICE sponsored campus-wide job fair.
Chair and Co-Chair:
- Stephanie Preshon-Baker
- Alicia Hannah
The Talent Development Committee is responsible for professional and personal development opportunities that support NOTICE objectives.
Chair and Co-Chairs:
- Nordia Bryant
- Melody Jones
- Beneshia Patterson- Frazier
In the Spotlight
Congratulations to Beneshia Patterson-Frazier for graduating with all levels of Associate’s Degrees as well as two Bachelor’s degrees. Beneshia will now start her nursing journey with Resurrection University in September.
NOTICE Creator and First Chair
- Angel Burgess
- Charitee Rummage
Chair and Co-Chair
- Rhonda Judkins
- LaTonya Macklin
Institution Business Partner
- Nordia Bryant
Administrative Officer and Co-Officer
- Naquesha Stinson
- Cherita White-Morris
- Anshanette Taylor
- Krystal Preston
- Jacelyn Douglas
Sally Walton, Executive Director, Patient Care Services, UCMC
UChicago Parents is an employee resource group which aims to support parents and guardians as they make important career and family decisions. The group will facilitate educational discussions, social events, and connect with leadership around policies and actions that can help foster an environment of inclusion for families across campus.
Contact Laura Markin for more information.
- Co-Chair - Amy Simoneau
- Co-Chair - Caleb Sturrup
- Founder and Secretary - Laura Markin
Amy Ross, Vice President, Strategic Planning, UCMC
The Disability Inclusion Resource Group serves both the University and medical center by promoting joint initiatives to create and improve access to opportunities for equal participation in all aspects of employment and education for people who experience any type of disability. Open to students, faculty, and employees regardless of disability status, the group will work to identify and remove structural and systemic barriers while developing supports and resources to facilitate academic and professional growth. While specifically focused on organizational advocacy, peer-to-peer mentorship, and leadership development, the group will also seek to build mutually beneficial partnerships with disability-focused community organizations and provide tools and technologies to support success for any member of the UChicago community who might experience a disability-related need. Last, the group will also create and promote educational events to raise awareness of experiences within the disability community at large.
For information on how you can participate, contact Hamid Dadkhah
Mark Schlosser, Executive Director, Talent and Organizational Capability
Black in Academia (BIA) is a group dedicated to gather researchers, faculty and staff within the sciences to support and uplift Black identifying individuals in the UChicago community by facilitating networking opportunities, cultivating a safe space for embracement of Black culture, and providing social support for the formation of new mentorships, partnerships, and collaborations.
Melissa Gilliam, Vice Provost
The Pan-Asian Resource Group fosters solidarity by providing a community for Asian-identifying and allied parties to share, be heard, and offer support to one another. We serve all interested Asian and Asian American identifying individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds, including those who identify with origins from East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, West Asia/Middle East, Oceania, and the Pacific Islands, and including those who are multiracial, or those who are adoptees, and from the US or abroad.
Our community will work in solidarity with other groups on campus to combat racism, sexism, xenophobia, and other forms of hate, and to work toward increased opportunity for all individuals regardless of background. We will plan events that are intersectional and those that amplify the voices of others who are marginalized on campus, including those in the LGBTQ+ community and people with disabilities. We work to create a community of openness and mutual learning for all, to help dispel myths, stereotypes, and biases within and outside our communities. We will make room to celebrate and respect our distinct cultures and personal and collective successes.
Click here to subscribe to the Pan-Asian group email list.
- Chair - Stephanie Zhang
Maanasa Raghavan, Assistant Professor of Human Genetics
Hae Kyung Im, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Genetic Medicine
Resource groups may be formed and led by staff, faculty, other academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers, residents, and students. If you are interested in forming a Resource Group, we recommend reviewing the Resource Group By-Laws.