Sherree Wilson, PhD, associate dean for cultural affairs and diversity initiatives at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, has accepted the position of associate vice chancellor and associate dean for diversity and inclusion at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, effective Oct. 1.
Wilson joined UI Health Care in July 2012. As leader of the Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives, she oversaw the planning, implementation, and assessment of diversity initiatives across the organization. She developed and implemented a strategic diversity plan that led to a number of positive outcomes throughout the college, including a 24 percent increase among faculty in school-identified diversity categories; incorporation of implicit bias training for faculty, staff, and trainees; and the establishment of the Inclusive Excellence seminar series for the basic science departments. Additionally, she has co-led a National Institutes of Health-funded program that provides intensive instruction and research experience for individuals from underrepresented groups with bachelor’s degrees to enhance their qualifications for top-tier graduate programs in the biomedical sciences.
She served as an accountable leader for the UI Health Care strategic plan goal of creating a culturally sensitive and inclusive health care environment. This included serving as co-founder and chair of the annual Culturally Responsive Health Care in Iowa conference; acquiring CultureVision, a comprehensive database that provides information on more than 50 ethnic and cultural groups across 12 clinical and non-clinical areas; and designing continuing education programming that focuses on patient-centered health care. Those efforts were a factor in Forbes magazine naming UI Health Care as the No. 1 employer for diversity in the health care industry in 2018.
She also played a lead role in diversity training and professional development programs; networking events for students, residents, and fellows; and the annual UI Health Care Human Rights Week activities and events.
Details about a farewell reception and a national search for Wilson’s successor will be forthcoming.