Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access

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How HOBI is Making a Difference

Whether we're engaged in research, teaching in the classroom or collaborating in the workplace, the work we do to increase inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) is as varied and diverse as we are. Here are some of the ways we're striving to make a difference.

Diverse Students

Student Spotlight

Generation Next

UF undergraduate student Ismael Wane received a competitive research fellowship for undergraduate minority students through the Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) GatorSTAR program. Dr. Lemas will serve as Wane’s faculty research mentor during his junior and senior years at UF.

Ismael Wane

IDEA Resources and support

Health Disparities: Required Reading

From the HOBI IDEA committee:

“Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” by Isabel Wilkerson: Examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America.

“Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation,” by Linda Villarosa: Investigates the forces in American health care and society that cause Black people to “live sicker and die quicker” than their white counterparts.

UF Health News

New Diversity Officer Named

Lakesha Butler, Pharm.D., a professor of pharmacy practice and director of diversity, equity and inclusion at Southern Illinois University, has been named UF Health’s associate vice president for inclusion, diversity and health equity and chief diversity officer. She starts Aug. 22.

Lakesha Butler

HOBI Workplace climate survey

Workplace Improvement IDEAS

After sharing results of the Fall 2021 HOBI Workplace Climate Survey with the department in June, HOBI’s IDEA committee began working on plans to ensure that all employees feel they have a voice and a choice in workplace matters, and that they feel safe, engaged and empowered at work. These are the cornerstones of the Servant Leadership Style the department strives to establish at HOBI. Stay tuned for more details!


Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, PhD, MPH

“Racism is a public health crisis”

Dr. Jones, guest speaker at the May 2022 HOBI Grand Rounds, presented her work on achieving health equity by naming, measuring and addressing the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation.

Camara Phyllis Jones - Grand Rounds

Rahma Mkuu, PhD

Improving Cervical Cancer Screening Rates among Minority Women

Dr. Mkuu is using electronic health records to map cervical screening patterns in Florida and identify under-screened populations in the state.

Photo of Dr. Mkuu

IDEA Summer internship

Increasing Diversity in Biomedical Research

Our 10-week summer internship for undergraduate minority students focuses on improving health outcomes and equity, and diversifying the field of biomedical research.

Joined hands for teamwork

Khairul Siddiqi, PhD

Preventing HIV among Vulnerable Women in Florida

Florida has the nation’s highest incidence of new HIV infections. Dr. Siddiqi is leveraging electronic health records to identify vulnerable women in Florida most at risk of contracting HIV who could benefit from a new medical intervention.

Photo of Dr. Khairul Siddiqi

Timnit Gebru, PhD

Behind the Fairness Rhetoric of Machine Learning

The computer scientist and advocate for diversity in technology discussed bias in artificial intelligence during a Fall 2021 HOBI Grand Rounds.

Timnit Gebru, PhD

Jiang Bian, PhD / Yi Guo, PhD

Heart Health Disparities Identified in LGB Adults

LGB adults are less likely to use beneficial cholesterol-lowering drugs than non-LGB adults, according to this HOBI study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

stethoscope and red heart with cardiogram

Elizabeth Shenkman, PhD

Extra COVID Support for Minority Communities

HOBI and OneFlorida+ are part of the Florida CEAL Team — “Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities” — which provides outreach and engagement to minority communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

Health care provider checking temperature of African American man

Michelle Cardel, PhD, RD

Diversity Champion

Dr. Cardel was recently recognized for championing and promoting diversity in her research, in the classroom and in the workplace with a Superior Accomplishment Award in the Diversity and Inclusion category from UF Health.

Henry T. Frierson, Ph.D., associate vice president and dean of the Graduate School at UF, presents a Champion of Diversity Award of Recognition to Michelle Cardel, Ph.D., M.S., R.D., at UF’s 2019 Graduate Research Day on April 2.