Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


Welcome to the Office of Equity Diversity and Inclusion at SIU. Our office is committed to devising strategies and overseeing initiatives within the School of Medicine that will celebrate our diverse campus populations. We work to assure a mix of students, residents, faculty and staff that mirrors the census demographics for central and southern Illinois.
Our overarching responsibility is to help students successfully complete their medical education, while providing support to them, and the diverse residents, faculty and staff who make up our workforce. We strive for an organizational culture that respects individual differences, where persons of various backgrounds can flourish in a harmonious, secure, nurturing environment.


Diversity Featured Article

Featured article

Wendi Wills El-Amin’s journey to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

“I'm a third-generation healer. My father is a physician; my grandmother delivered babies. It's part of my path and I want to honor this legacy.”

Equity Spotlight

Alliance for Women in Medicine and Science (AWIMS)

Housed within the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, the mission of AWIMS is to provide a supportive forum to promote honest discussion and positive change in the realms of gender equity, career advancement, work-life balance, and community service, and to champion professional development and promotion of women in medicine and science. 


Alliance for Women in Science (AWIMS)

Latest articles


SIU Forum to Discuss Racial Inequalities, Impacts on Health Care

Understanding the effects of racism and other inequities within the health care system is the focus of a lecture and forum on February 9 and 10 in Springfield. Dr. Joia Adele Crear-Perry, founder and

Police Brutality and Public Health

Police brutality illuminates a dark history in our society. There is no single universally agreed upon definition or guideline for when to use force. However, we know it when we see it. Police

Racism's Threat to Public Health - a Message from the Dean

On April 6, 2020, my message to SIU Medicine employees focused on racial inequities in the delivery of health care, racial disparities in health care outcomes, and the overt and implicit systemic