Obstetrics and Gynecology Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
Ruben Alvero, MD
Professor and Director, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
I am interested in legislative and community policy to combat health disparities. Memorializing policy through legislation is the surest way to assure that it is respected and not overturned.
Katherine Bianco, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Director of DEI
As a Latina woman in academic medicine, I feel strongly in equal opportunity for education, career development and compensation. Striving for these goals as a global citizen’s responsibility is my personal drive. Reaching out to our community to disseminate knowledge, kindness and support is my unifying vision.
Education Programs Coordinator
Daychin Campbell. Education Programs Coordinator. My major interests in DEI work are education and training around implicit and confirmation bias, antiracism, Black maternal health disparities, disability awareness, and social justice. As a crucial step in these endeavors, I seek to create safe spaces where we can embark on uncomfortable, deep discussions, while feeling valued. “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin
Irogue Igbinsoa, MD
Clinical Fellow, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
I'll share two favorite quotes. "It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. -Audre Lorde. "You make progress by implementing ideas." - Shirley Chisholm
Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, MPH, MAS
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and by courtesy, Epidemiology and Population Health. Co-Director, The PRIDE Study
I’m dedicated to achieving health equity and reproductive and social justice for LGBTQ+ people and women, and I am involved in projects to that end the largest of which is The PRIDE Study.
Stephanie Melchor, MD
My passion for diversity and equity stems from my personal experiences growing up as daughter of former migrant farmworkers in the agricultural area of the San Joaquin Valley—a severely medically underserved region where the highest rates of poverty and health disparities exist. During my undergraduate and medical school education, I continued community health outreach to vulnerable communities and was involved in diversity student groups, including LMSA (Latino Medical Student Association) and mentorship of pre-health students in pipeline programs. My interests include geographic and racial disparities in women’s health, and efforts to increase the number of UIM (underrepresented-in-medicine) physicians to better serve the multi-ethnic population of California.
Cathy Seckel, BA
Academic Affairs Administrator
I am interested in matters of diversity, equity, justice and inclusion as they pertain to all areas of life. Over time, through the lens of my friends of color, I have learned how racism informs how they navigate their daily lives. More recently, my interests led me to join the Human Rights Commission for 2 terms. The Commission addresses matters of bias and discrimination, offering opportunities for education and remediation in order to build bridges within the community, the police and other local organizations. In addition to engaging with issues of racism, I learned first-hand of the cruel and harmful experiences faced by those who identify as queer, transgender, disabled and undocumented. My hope is to add value to the DEI committee in any way I can.
Kate Shaw, MD, MS
Clinical Associate Professor, Associate Chair of Education, Residency Program Director and Director of Fellowship in Family Planning
My interest in expanding diversity, equity and inclusion centers around creating a space where differences are celebrated and everyone feels valued for who they are - whether students, residents, fellows, faculty, staff, patients and families. I am committed to dismantling systems that continue to oppress communities of people and threaten equity. My specific interests on the committee are
- Expanding equity, inclusion and diversity in education and recruitment.
- Ensuring inclusive learning environments – particularly addressing microaggressions, stereotype threat and imposter syndrome.
- Creating spaces for affinity and ally communities within the department.