DEM DEI Committee

Welcome to Diversity Digest—home of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) newsletter sponsored by the DEM DEI Committee.

We are so excited to bring you this content. Over the past year, the DEI Committee, chaired by Jenna Wepfer and Dr. Mary Westergaard, has been hard at work building a more diverse, equitable and inclusive atmosphere within the Department of Emergency Medicine. The Diversity Digest aims to continue on the committee’s mission, share current initiatives, and provide general education on DEI topics.

We hope you enjoy this content and welcome your feedback (and contributions!) to future editions!

“To develop a community that is fundamentally invested in advancing health and health equity by respecting the rights, dignity, and differences of all.”
— our mission statement

Diversity Digest, a regular periodical published by the DEM DEI Committee




Monday, August 1, 2022
10:00–11:00 a.m.


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June is Pride Month

Pride Month is a celebration and commemoration of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly its pursuit of equal justice under the law and equal rights. Pride is celebrated internationally every year in June, emerging from the Stonewall Riots that took place in June 1969.

The inception of the term ‘Pride’ can be traced back to 1966 when a group of people in California took the lead to fight for equal rights for LGBTQ individuals. ‘Pride,’ an acronym for Personal Rights in Defense and Education, was the name of this group.

The month of June, Pride Month, is all about boosting LGBTQ voices, celebrating LGBTQ culture and continually advocating for LGBTQ rights 🌈

Learn more about the history and meaning of Pride Month »



These voluntary, employee-led Employee Resource Groups (ERG) foster a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with organizational mission, values, goals, business practices and objectives that focus on the experience and perspectives of people of a particular race, ethnic or cultural background, gender, gender identity, religion, age cohort, sexual orientation, history of disabilities, military services, or similar other parameters.

Why are ERGs Important?

ERGs are important to UW Health & SMPH Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. They provide opportunity to promote employee engagement and contribution across units, promote collaboration between employees and leadership, increase representation and retention, contribute to organizational diversity and inclusion initiatives, and much more. Learn more about the Employee Resource Groups.

Current ERGs Offered

  • Women’s Leadership ERG
  • Black/African/African American ERG
  • Military Service Membership ERG
  • LatinX ERG
  • Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander ERG
  • Use the link to apply for the Resident & Fellow (BIPOC) ERG

💡 HAVE FEEDBACK OR IDEAS?  We encourage you to share them with Dr. Ryan Tsuchida at