2023 Edith Soderling Hagen Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awards

Mission

The mission of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is to advance diversity initiatives and policies in order to promote access and equity throughout our institution.  We foster shared commitment to a culture of diversity and an inclusive environment to support the success of our students, faculty, staff, and surrounding community.

Excellence in diversity, equity and inclusion awards

Through the generosity of the Edith Soderling Hagen Diversity and Inclusion Endowment, ODI has established two Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (EDEI) awards to increase recognition of diversity and inclusion leaders and teams at UNR Med.  One award is designated for an individual or team who are medical students, PA students, graduate students, residents, or fellows ($300).  The second award is for an individual or team who are faculty, staff, or leaders at UNR Med ($200).  These awards recognize innovative leadership, excellence, and impact from an individual or team responsible for developing and implementing an outstanding and effective program or initiative that advances diversity, equity and/or inclusion at UNR Med.

Eligibility

Individuals or teams (including any UNR Med faculty, staff, or learner or team with at least one UNR Med faculty, staff, or learner as a member) can self-nominate or nominate others for these awards. 

Nomination and submission

Completed nomination materials must include, from the nominator, a letter stating the rationale and justification for the individual or team award, including a description of the efforts of the individual/team to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as program/initiative goals and any outcomes, if available (1-2 pages). If a team is nominated, an individual team member must be designated to communicate with ODI regarding expenditure of the funds. Please submit nomination materials to Jennifer Dougherty at jenniferdougherty@med.unr.edu.  Nominations will be due by 5:00 pm on January 28th, 2023. 

Award selection

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion will work with colleagues at UNR Med to review and select awardees.  These awards will be given at the discretion of ODI and may not be awarded every year.  Award winners will be notified in February and expected to submit a budget outlining how the award will be used within one month of being notified of award selection.  Restrictions apply as to how award money may be spent, in accordance with UNR policies and procedures.  All funds will need to be encumbered by mid-May and expended by the end of June, or may be subject to forfeiture.

Award recognition

Award recipients will be publicly announced at the Awards Ceremony the week of graduation in May.

Questions

For questions please contact Jennifer Dougherty, Ed.D., in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at jenniferdougherty@med.unr.edu or 775-682-7935.


The 2020 Faculty Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award

The recipients did a team building exercise with a creative twist!

ASA group award winners online meeting collage photos

Congratulations to the Faculty and Learner 2021 Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award Recipients!

The Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion awards recognize innovative leadership, excellence, and impact from an individual or team responsible for developing and implementing an outstanding and effective program or initiative that advances diversity, equity and/or inclusion at UNR Med.

Learner Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award

The Learner Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award goes to the team at the SOC for their work, such as providing culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate care to underserved populations as well as diversifying the healthcare workforce through offering opportunities for premedical students to gain clinical experience at the SOC.

Faculty Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award

The Faculty Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award goes to Christy Jerz for her work in A&E, such as timely messaging about our commitment to DEI, helping to build a climate of equity and inclusion through Christy’s work on the Anti-Racism Communication Sub-Committee and the Council on Diversity Initiatives, sharing stories that elevate the voices of minoritized groups at UNR Med, promoting all of our DEI events with passion, not to mention Christy’s personal and community commitment to advancing equity. 

For all of this and more, UNR Med is so proud of the work that the SOC team and Christy Jerz are doing to advance diversity, equity and inclusion at our institution! Congratulations!

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Congratulations to the Faculty and Learner 2022 Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award Recipients!

Learner Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award

The Learner Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award goes to Jake Marble for the work he is doing through the MedPride chapter and through his Speak Up Not Man Up organization, such as providing culturally sensitive care to members of the LGBTQIA+ community, working to advance the use of pronouns to better display allyship, holding a booth at the Pride Parade, partnering with community organizations like Our Center, and advancing legislation for more equitable and inclusive care.

Faculty Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award

The Faculty/Team Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award goes to the Medical Social Justice League for the work that they are doing such as community engagement with Community Health Alliance, the City of Reno, the Mexican Consulate, and LatinX churches to address vaccine hesitancy in marginalized communities here.

For all of this and more, UNR Med is so proud of the work that Jake Marble and the Medical Social Justice League are doing to advance diversity, equity and inclusion at our institution! Congratulations!