Diversity in Neurology
Nerissa Ko, MD - Vice Chair for Diversity

Coming Events

Faculty are invited to participate in a full day interactive training to become a Differences Matter Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion. In this workshop, participants are educated on implicit biases and microaggressions, coached in skills to address related issues, and trained in how to apply thoughtful, active listening and empathy supporting a more inclusive environment. To see a listing of dates and register, click hereNote that more dates are released each month, so if there isn’t one that works for you, check again soon.

At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • recognize bias and discrimination in the learning environment;
  • use a shared language to talk about bias and discrimination with students;
  • implement skills to address bias and discrimination; and
  • apply practical tools for addressing bias and discrimination in their day to day teaching encounters.

Led by specially trained School of Medicine faculty, these free workshops are eligible for 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

See more listings at the Office of Diversity & Outreach Events List.

Recent Events

2017 Diversity Grand Rounds
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, PhD (UC Berkeley)
"How does bias manifest in health settings? A view from psychology." 

The Effects of Unconscious Bias in Our Work
Sarah Schaeffer, MD, MPH
Organized by Nicole Rosendale, MD, Department of Neurology

Other diversity related events at UCSF

Would you like to be a speaker or mentor? Please contact us to let us know.


Diversity Committee

The Neurology Diversity Committee was formed in January 2014 to improve diversity, defined across multiple domains, throughout the department. The committee advises the Hiring and Compensation Committees on equity issues in recruitment/retention and coordinates educational and community activities to increase awareness of diversity issues among faculty, staff, and trainees. The Committee reports to the Chair of the Department and also advises the Director of Administration.

Committee Chairs

Winston Chiong, MD, PhD
Mercedes Paredes, MD, PhD


  • Establish a leadership role for diversity efforts in Neurology, with ongoing support for sustained effort.  
  • Double the number of underrepresented in medicine (UIM) trainees in our department by 2019.
  • Increase the number of UIM faculty by 25% by 2021.
  • Prioritize clinical initiatives that address the needs of underserved communities, and prioritize research on health disparities in neurology.
  • Address cultural competence and inclusion via training, surveys, annual grand rounds, and developing new educational materials for residency.
  • Youth outreach in local schools.
  • Advance research in the areas of implicit bias, in-group, and out-group effects, and local effects here at UCSF.
  • Advance telehealth and close the digital divide to increase access to care for rural and underserved communities (including international).

UCSF Diversity Initiatives and Resources

Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VEP) for fourth-year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine.

Differences Matter : developing and sustaining a culture of equity and inclusion at UCSF.

UCSF's Diversity and Outreach website.

"Injustice and Health" UCSF Teach-in 
with CNN Correspondent Soledad O'Brien, recorded on February 24, 2016.

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Resource Allocation Program (RAP) Under-Represented Faculty and Senior Fellows for Clinical and Translational Research Award

Take the Implicit Association Test (IAT) online at Project Implicit to discover and measure your attitudes and beliefs toward others.