The Department of Maternal and Child Health Inclusive Excellence – Belonging and Engagement Committee (IE-BE) plans to facilitate learning more about each other and enhancing our engagement through the academic year to support diversity, equity and inclusion for all. At the start of the academic year the Committee hosted a listening session for MCH-affiliated students, faculty and staff. Bi-monthly lunch-and-learn discussions are also planned with rotating faculty or student hosts.

The 2019 Gillings School Inclusive Excellence (IE) Action Plan and Inclusive Excellence Council included representatives from all units in the school. In conjunction with the Council, each department in the School began efforts to meet and enhance inclusive excellence goals and activities. The MCH department created an MCH diversity, equity and inclusion work group in 2020. The work group included three subcommittees focused on curriculum, faculty and staff training, and diversity and support – key aspects of the School’s IE action plan. Subsequently, upon a recommendation from the 2022 MCH Culture of Equity Report, the department consolidated them into a single working group, now called the Inclusive Excellence – Belonging and Engagement Committee.

Interim Associate Chair for Inclusive Excellence

Claudia Fernandez, DrPH

IE-BE is led by Claudia Fernandez and a team of students, faculty and staff. It is the product of a series of efforts to support diversity, equity and inclusion in the School and the MCH department.

The Inclusive Excellence Belonging and Engagement Committee

Doctoral Students
Lauren Caton, Hiba Fatima, Lauren Freda, Aparna Kachoria, Martina Spain, Lauren Spigel

MPH Students
Mia Goodson, Iman Love

Michel Abel-Shoup, Leslie DeRosset, Kathy Donnald

Claudia Fernandez (Chair), Carolyn Halpern, Bharathi Zvara
Engagement Activities

Get Involved

Installed and initiated August 25, 2023, the board serves as a central onsite communications hub supporting IE activities. Learn more about trainings, ways to get involved and student spotlights.

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Reflection and Connection

Lunch-and-Learn Discussion Groups

Twice a month, bring your lunch and listen to a rotating faculty-led or student-led discussion. (Student selected reflection topic from vetted list developed in Clinical Scholars.)

  • October 10: Affirmative Action (Hosted by Mia Goodson)
  • October 24: Immigrant Health (Hosted by Claudia Fernandez)
  • November 7: LGBTQ Health-Marriage Protection Act (Hosted by Mia Goodson)
  • December 5: TBA (Hosted by Leslie deRosset)
  • January 30: Careers in MCH (Hosted by Leslie deRosset, PhD and Amy Mullenix, MSPH, MSW)
  • February 6: TBA (Hosted by Claudia Fernandez)
  • February 20: Discussion on Abortion Funding (Hosted by MCH Post-Doctoral Fellow Whitney Arey)
  • March 5: Resume writing (Hosted by Lidia Colato Rae, Career Services)
  • March 19: Salary Negotiations (Hosted by Lidia Colato Rae, Career Services)
  • April 2: Implementation Science in Action! Real change, real communities. (Hosted by Lindsey Yates and Melissa Green)

Student Listening Sessions

  • September 6: Empanadas on the patio
  • October 26: Campfire s’mores on the patio

Skills Development Outreach Sessions (Trainings)

  • Upstander: Skills for being an ally, advocate; building an alliance and serving as a co-conspirator: 2-hour workshop, September 29, 2-4 p.m. MGC 1301.
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Assistant to Chair: Katie Lucey
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