Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council


About the Council

The Diversity Council was established to create a diverse, nondiscriminatory learning and working environment for the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine community by promoting cultural competency, awareness, inclusion, respect and equity through education, training and other resources.

Diversity Definition:

The School of Medicine believes that a vibrant and diverse institutional climate is essential to providing medical education that promotes the effective delivery of health care in diverse communities. The School embraces a broad definition of diversity that is comprised of , but is not limited, to differences in racial and ethnic origin, socioeconomic background, rural and urban communities, geographic origins, academic backgrounds, as well as both men and women who can contribute to the process of medical education through different personal experiences such as overcoming hardship, demonstrating extensive involvement within the community, possessing multilingual abilities, and /or exhibiting different life experiences that may contribute to achieving diversity.

Diversity Council Members

Council Leadership

Fariha Shafi, MD, FACP, Associate Professor of Medicine, TMC (Chair)
Katherine Ervie, Assistant Teaching Professor/Physician Assistant Program, UMKC (Vice Chair)
Tyler Smith, MD, MPH, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, UMKC                                Rachel McCommon, MA.Ed., Coordinator of DEI Strategic Initiatives, UMKC

Council Appointed, Elected and Ex-Officio Members

  • Jessica Anyaso, BA/MD Student Representative
  • Samar Azzaidani, Graduate Student Representative
  • Adnan Choudhury, MD, Adjunct, Internal Medicine
  • Kaylajenna Dobin, BA/MD Student
  • David John, MD, Docent, Associate Dean HERE
  • Girwan Khadka, PhD, Assistant Professor, UMKC, Pediatric Psychologist, CMH
  • Wail Hassan, MD, Professor, Sciences
  • Angellar Manguvo, Instructional Designer, UMKC
  • Aniesa Slack, MD, HERE
  • Gary Sutkin, MD, Professor, Associate Dean Of Women’s Health, TMC
  • Zumi Urueta, BS, Admissions and Recruitment, UMKC
  • Michael Weaver, MD, FACEP CDM, Vice President of Clinical Diversity, St. Luke’s

Diversity Council Committees