Physician, heal thyself of your white privilege!
Or answer to former Madison Alder Shiva!
From: Office of the Dean, School of Medicine & Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sent: Monday 08-30-21
Subject: Leadership announcement: Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity Transformation
I am excited to share news about our school’s next step for diversity and equity transformation. Beginning October 11, 2021, Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, MA, CDM, UW Health Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, will expand the scope of her work to also become the inaugural Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity Transformation for our school. In doing so, Shiva will be leading an integrative effort to embed equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism as imperatives in all of our missions.
This appointment also establishes a multi-functional SMPH Office of Diversity and Equity Transformation that will be integrated with the existing UW Health Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This will facilitate alignment and progress in areas such as learning and education, faculty and staff support, equity in systems, policies and processes, support for basic science departments and their training programs, and programmatic accountability. Additional resources, including funding and personnel, will be dedicated to this critical effort. Ultimately, this work will involve and engage everyone in SMPH as we seek to become an anti-racist organization. …
Shiva is an established leader and effective champion for advancing equity and diversity at the individual, organizational and community levels. She brings to her work with diverse communities a gift for language … and a remarkable ability to spark transformational change. Her community engagement is centered on addressing racism and discrimination as barriers to health and health equity. …
In 1997, she joined UW Health to establish the medical interpretation services program, which is now recognized as a national model. She became director of community partnerships for UW Health, and then UW Health Chief Diversity Officer. In 2020 her role was elevated to a Vice President position. She served as a former alder on the City of Madison Common Council … [Where she voted to expel police from Madison’s troubled public schools.] Shiva’s accolades include being named as a 2019-20 UW–Madison Outstanding Woman of Color. …
Robert N. Golden, MD
Dean, School of Medicine and Public Health
Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Did you find all 10 uses of the word “equity“? This social scientist explains:
Equity is supposed to require arranging equal outcomes for each group. (… but only those with political clout.) That means treating some people differently than others. Asians on the whole are too successful, so they have to be sent to the back of the higher-education bus, under this system. Equity demands that instruction and grading be changed so that outcomes by groups won’t be unequal.
That Equity should be enforced in MEDICINE should keep you awake at night.