The Office of Faculty Affairs, in collaboration with the Office of Healthcare Equity, have launched programming to support our underrepresented minority (URM) faculty across all departments. Dr. Kemi Doll is leading this effort, in her role as the inaugural Director of URM Faculty Development. We are investing in this important work to ensure the success, retention, and recruitment of URM Faculty, and to realize the UW Medicine mission of an anti-racist institution that maximizes the potential of all faculty to improve the health of the public. By actively supporting the success of our URM faculty through collaborations and building community, we will be able to strengthen retention and bolster recruitment.

In 2021, we are launching the URM Faculty Success Initiative. This is a small-group 12-month program focused on career development, coaching, and peer co-learning and the first pilot cohort will begin in September 2021. Applications for the 2022 cohort will open in early 2022. We anticipate starting a variety of additional initiatives over the next several months.

To date, there is no way to consistently identify URM faculty members to ensure connection to these new initiatives. Racial/Ethnic Underrepresented Minority Faculty (also more recently referred to as ‘historically excluded’ in medicine or underrepresented in medicine) refer to faculty who identify as Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, American Indian / Native American, and Vietnamese.  To that end, we encourage you to complete this survey to help facilitate our outreach to identify faculty who may benefit from this programming.