Equity & Inclusion

Serwa Ertl, MD, Inaugural Associate Chair of Community Engagement for the Department of Pediatrics

The Equity and Inclusion Committee (EIC) is a group of faculty, staff, and trainees who work together to increase diversity in the department and ensure that our workplace is inclusive of all colleagues and patients. Recent EIC work has included arranging Grand Rounds speakers, organizing community events, and recruiting talented residents, faculty, and staff.


Conferences & Organizations

Recent Community Engagement and Outreach

Recent Charlottesville Events

  • Fall Welcoming Event for new pediatric faculty, staff and their families at Merrie Mill Farm & Vineyard
  • Walking tour of the “The Story of Us” Reclaiming the narrative of Charlottesville through storytelling and portraits of community resilience
  • Pride Month Happy Hour Party at Vitae Spirits in Downtown Charlottesville
  • Juneteenth Parade and Celebration at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
  • Iftar dinner to acknowledge the end of the fasting during Ramadan at Sultan Kabob
  • Equality Virginia – Equality Virginia advocates and organizes across the Commonwealth, serving the full spectrum of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer people within Virginia. We are fighting for equality for all in Virginia.





Recent highlights

  • Dr. Cherise Brackett, subcommittee chair for the Trainee Subcommittee, was appointed the 2021 president of the Housestaff Council for Diversity and Inclusion (HCDI)
  • Developed a Scholarship for visiting fourth-year medical students focused on increasing diversity in pediatrics. Rotations are available in Ambulatory Pediatrics, Inpatient Pediatrics, NICU, and Teen Health.
  • Grand Rounds lectures:
    • 2023: “Avoiding Bias in Writing Narratives”, by Robert Nakamoto, PhD
    • 2023: “Not a disease from another world”, Lessons in community-engaged research by Irene Mathieu, MD
    • 2022: A History of Race at UVA Health, 1901-1965 by Dan Cavanaugh
    • 2022: Formula Fiascos: Scarcities, Disparities, and Rethinking Nutrition Policy & Practice by Tegan Medico & Olivia Obertello
    • 2022: The Role of the academic medical center in community health by Dr. James Nataro
    • 2022: Race in Medicine: Data or Distraction? by Drs. Andrewa Deyrup and Joseph Graves
    • 2022: The Health Equity Collaborative – Using large databases to understand and influence patient outcomes by Dr. Tracey Hoke
    • 2022: Women in Academic Medicine: Progress and Challenges by Dr. Vivian Pinn
    • 2022: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Moving from Ambition to Competency by Dr. Tracy Downs
    • 2021: Addressing Food Insecurity in the Clinical Setting by Tegan Medico
    • 2021: “Intentional Mentoring to Support Diversity- It’s About Relationships Over Time” by Dr. Shari Barkin (Faculty Summer Series)
    • 2021: “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Changes in 2020-2021 Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic” Khizr Khan
    • 2020 “Mapping Cville: How racist housing policies have shaped social determinants of health” by Jordy Yager (Faculty Summer Series)
    • 2020: “Not that long ago: A community discussion about exclusion and discrimination in Charlottesville during the Civil Rights Era and to this day” by Kathy Harris, Rev. Dr. Alvin Edwards, and Dr. Preston Reynolds
  • Faculty and Staff Support:
    • Generated statements condemning racism against Black and AAPI communities, and reaffirming UVA Pediatrics’ commitment to tackling these issues in our department and beyond. Served as a model for SOM-wide statements.
    • Creating an ally list to strengthen mentorship and social support of URM faculty and staff.
    • Collated list of cross-ground DEI resources
  • Dr. Irène P. Mathieu served as a facilitator for Stepping In Creating a Culture of Respect and Inclusion Collaborative Project (
  • Dr. Irène P. Mathieu helped lead the establishment of URM mentoring families across the SOM, in conjunction with HCDI and the GME office.
  • Quality improvement for Spanish-speaking patients in our clinical spaces
  • Department-wide reflection on the events of August 11-12, 2017
  • Collaboration with the Latino Health Initiative at local community events
  • Participation in the Housestaff Council for Diversity & Inclusion’s Trainee Diversity & Inclusion conference
  • Participation in regional and national SNMA conferences and UVA’s Second Look Weekend for prospective residents
  • Dr. Linda Waggoner-Fountain co-authored Dismantling Racism: Association of Pediatric Program Directors’ Commitment to Action