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Our Department has a history of working to address health disparities and is striving to be a leader in the country in tackling systemic racism and expanding equity and inclusion in health care. It goes at the heart of who we are as a Department – the mission to make healthcare work for everyone. This noble mission and years of well-intentioned hard work have not spared the department from the societal challenges of health inequities among the people of the state and a lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion among our faculty and trainees. The past several years have brought about much-needed awareness of long-unaddressed systemic racism in America, and have spurred the department to reflect on our mission of caring for all the people we serve, from patients to employees, and to reconcile the discrepancy between our stated ideals with the reality of our department’s history and current workplace community. The department is committed to a faculty that better reflects the population of the state we serve.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leaders

LeRon Jackson, MD, MPH, is the Director of Inclusive Excellence for Faculty. She leads faculty development, from creating a new leadership program for junior faculty to developing more senior faculty so they can better serve as mentors.

Venus Standard, MSN, CNM, is our Director of DEI Education and Community Engagement. She employs her considerable experience and entrepreneurship to engage our communities, both inside and outside the department, and lead DEI education and curricular initiatives for staff, residents, and faculty.

Michael Ropero-Cartier, MD, is our DEI Liaison to the School of Medicine. He will work closely with the Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and with relevant offices to improve efforts to create a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Kim Thompson, MD, is our DEI Director for Residency Program. She will work with the Residency leadership and residents to foster an environment of inclusiveness for all, where everyone feels valued and engaged, with opportunity for personal and professional development.


UNC Family Medicine Strategic Plan
The department has recently released its 2021-2026 DEI Strategic Plan. We view this as a living document as we continue to understand more about the changes required to improve our department. A special thanks goes out to Alexa Mieses Malchuk, MD, MPH, whose leadership and contributions as the inaugural Director of Inclusive Excellence for Faculty led to this report.

The UNC Family Medicine Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fund
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fund is utilized by DEI leaders for efforts such as training faculty and staff in innovative methods of addressing unconscious bias and inherent racism, resources for residency education, pilot funds for research to improve current inequities, inclusive outreach to our community and state, and more. If you feel so moved you may give easily and securely to these efforts at, or contact for more info.