Summary of COMSEP’s DEI Initiatives: 

  1. Creation of a DEI Resource and Advisory Committee as a standing committee (enshrined in the Bylaws)
  2. Adoption of a Statement of Inclusivity to help guide all our work
  3. Developed a new system for collecting demographic information of COMSEP members to better understand the current racial/ethnic, gender identities and sexual orientation of members
  4. Developed a system to provide resources/advising to COMSEP’s Collaboratives, including DEI Committee representation in most Collaboratives
  5. Recurring monthly DEI focus on COMSEP’s weekly newsletter highlighting issues and resources pertaining to DEI
  6. Partnered with Executive Committee to diversify leadership and voices
    1. better advertisement of leadership positions
    2. more transparent selection process
    3. better descriptions of positions
    4. verbiage in all calls to encourage members from diverse backgrounds to run
    5. facilitated by adding a DEI Committee member to the Nominations & Awards Committee
  7. Ongoing collaboration with other national organizations (such as the APPD, APA)
    1. APPD Confronting Racism Action Team - Underrepresented in Medicine Mentoring Subgroup
    2. APA Antiracism and Diversity Task Force
  8. Developed a DEI Resource webpage on the COMSEP website


Immediate Areas of Focus

  • Further Engage Collaboratives in their DEI & antiracism efforts
  • Diversify COMSEP leadership at all levels
  • Keep DEI webpage on COMSEP website updated
  • Develop scholarship fund to support students from diverse backgrounds in attending the Annual Meeting


Long-term Areas of Focus

  • Develop a system for using an Equity Impact Assessment tool for COMSEP programs
  • Examine issues of bias in assessment of medical students
  • Explore a formal Pathway to Pediatrics program for medical (and possibly premedical) students from underrepresented backgrounds with scholarship support
  • Consider programing for pediatric residents interested in medical student education