Written by: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
Dr. Suzanne Vercauteren’s Department wide invitation to join the Department’s Inclusion Action Committee was met with resounding enthusiasm. Due to overwhelming interest in the Committee, which has a mandate for advising the Department Head on where the Department is inclusive and where improvements are needed, Dr. Vercauteren needed to kindly decline requests to join the Committee within 48 hours of sending the invitation. The Committee’s 16 members represent students, staff, clinical faculty and academic faculty who work either within UBC or within four of the province’s seven health authorities. As well, the membership of the committee closely resembles Canada’s population. Since their inaugural meeting in November, the Working Committee has identified four key areas to focus on – research, recruitment, communication and metrics – and has organized themselves into four working committees to address these key areas.

The Committee’s membership includes:

Dr. Arun Garg, Clinical Professor
Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Fraser Health Authority
Dr. David Grynspan, Clinical Assistant Professor
Interior Health Authority
Ms. Leah Hall, Executive Assistant
Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Administrative Support to Committee
Ms. Saumadritaa Kar, Graduate Student
Verchere Laboratory, Co-chair, Communications Committee
Dr. Corree Laulee, Associate Professor
Chair Metrics Working Committee
Ms. Genevieve MacMillan, Director, Administration
Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Administrative Support to Committee
Ms. Wen Liao, BMLSc Student
Ms. Lise Matzke, Operations and Business Lead
OBER and Co-Chair Communications Working Group
Dr. Krista Marcon, Clinical Assistant Professor
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
Dr. Michael Multan, Resident
Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Ms. Nadine Plett, BMLSc Student
Dr. Audi Setiadi, Clinical Assistant Professor,
Provincial Health Services Authority, Co-Chair, Research Working Committee
Mr. Darcy Sutherland, Graduate Student
Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Dr. Anuli Uzozie, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Lange Laboratory, Co-Chair Research Working Committee
Dr. Suzanne Vercauteren, Chair for Inclusion Action Committee
Department Head, BCCH, Clinical Associate Professor, Dept of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Dr. Ying Wang, Assistant Professor
Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Dr. Michelle Woo, Program Manager
OVCARE, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Ms. Yanny Yeung, HR Manager
Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Human Resource Leadership and Chair, Recruitment Working Committee.
Dr. Ehsan Yousefzadeh-Davani, Clinical Instructor
Interior Health Authority
The Department is grateful to our Inclusion Action Committee members and thank them for their passion, ideas and time. The Committee is interested in hearing your thoughts and ideas about inclusion within the Department, what you feel is working and what you feel needs to be improved and how you would like to hear from the Committee. You can reach us at----[Inclusion email address]

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