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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Our entire department, including our residency and fellowship programs, is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome everyone and recognize that a diverse program makes us all stronger and better equipped to serve our patients. The Mountain West region is a wonderful place to train and we welcome applicants from places near and far. If you haven’t seriously considered making a move to Utah, take a closer look. Our GME office offers virtual inclusion days allowing interested underrepresented minorities to chat with current trainees and answer questions about training at the University of Utah.

The Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at the University of Utah is committed to fostering diversity, inclusion, and equity within our Department, School, institutions at the University of Utah, and the broader global community. We believe we are at our best when we recognize and embrace the full spectrum of the human experience regardless of differences. We endeavor to cultivate and maintain an environment where all voices are welcome and heard, everyone feels that they belong, and everyone has an equal opportunity for success.

To help us foster an inclusive environment, the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences has established the Transformative Inclusion Diversity and Equity (TIDE) Committee.

The Department of Radiology & Imaging Sciences Transformative Inclusion Diversity and Equity (TIDE) Committee

Mission Statement  

To promote an inclusive environment that respects difference in values, celebrate diversity, and fully foster the development of a diverse community for faculty, researchers, trainees, and staff in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences.   


  • To develop a culture that embraces equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI)
  • To develop a targeted approach to EDI training and education which is aligned with institutional EDI efforts 
  • To provide a forum for open discussion and Intervention on EDI 
  • To provide outreach and encourage mentorship of trainees of diverse backgrounds
  • To regularly assess and monitor EDI needs

Book Club

The TIDE Book Clubs are open to everyone in the department - staff, trainees, and faculty - and are a way for us to take deep dives into topics related to inclusion, diversity, and equity. Below is a list of upcoming and past books.

June 8, 2022

Compassionate Conversations book cover

The first meeting of the Book Club discussed the book “Compassionate Conversations: How to Speak and Listen from the Heart” by Diane Musho Hamilton, Gabriel Menegale Wilson, and Kimberly Loh. 

When a conversation takes a turn into the sometimes uncomfortable and often contentious topics of race, religion, gender, sexuality, and politics, it can be difficult to know what to say or how to respond to someone you disagree with. Compassionate Conversations empowers us to transform these conversations into opportunities to bridge divides and mend relationships by providing the basic set of conflict resolution skills we need to be successful, including listening, reframing, and dealing with strong emotions. Addressing the long history of injury and pain for marginalized groups, the authors explore topics like social privilege, power dynamics, and, political correctness allowing us to be more mindful in our conversations. Each chapter contains practices and reflection questions to help readers feel more prepared to talk through polarizing issues, ultimately encouraging us to take risks, to understand and recognize our deep commonalities, to be willing to make mistakes, and to become more intimate with expressing our truths, as well as listening to those of others.

Read more about the book club conversation.

February 2023


The February book pick is "The Origin of Others" by Toni Morrison. In the book, she takes up vital questions bearing on identity. In her search for answers, the novelist considers her own memories as well as history, politics, and especially literature. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, and Camara Laye are among the authors she examines. 

If we learn racism by example, then literature plays an important part in the history of race in America, both negatively and positively. Morrison writes about nineteenth-century literary efforts to romance slavery, contrasting them with the scientific racism of Samuel Cartwright and the banal diaries of the plantation overseer and slaveholder Thomas Thistlewood. She looks at configurations of blackness, notions of racial purity, and the ways in which literature employs skin color to reveal character or drive narrative. Expanding the scope of her concern, she also addresses globalization and the mass movement of peoples in this century.

Read more about the book club conversation.

August 2023

belonging book cover

The August book pick is "Belonging: The Key to Transforming and Maintaining Diversity, Inclusion and Equality at Work" by Sue Unerman, Kathryn Jacob, and Mark Edwards. Faculty member Jace King, PhD, and staff member Amy Sikalis will lead the discussion.

The book sets out to understand why more men aren't engaged with diversity and inclusion initiatives in organizations--at one extreme they may be feeling actively hostile and threatened by the changing cultural landscape. Others may be unmotivated to change: they may see diversity as a good thing in the abstract but can't see what's in it for them. Many will be open-minded and supportive, while still feeling unsure about what to do. Through their research and case studies, the authors offer actionable advice to promote progress in the workplace and include everyone.

Read more about the book club conversation.


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