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Pediatric Residency Program - Diversity Committee

​​Denver and its surrounding communities boast a population covering a large range of ethnic and socioeconomic groups. We are committed to attracting residents of diverse backgrounds to our program, both to best reflect the community we serve, and to enhance the educational experience for all of our residents.

Diversity in Pediatrics Committee (DIPC)

Our Diversity in Pediatrics Committee works to foster diversity within our program. Through our meetings, activities and projects, we ensure our program graduates are prepared to meet the needs of a diverse patient population. DIPC is co-chaired by residents with a faculty director. Active members include pediatric residents, chief residents, fellows and faculty as well as our graduate medical education staff. To learn more about DIPC and its efforts, see below.

Who should participate?
  • Any resident who belongs to or identifies with an under-represented minority.
  • Any resident interested in diversity or learning about diversity.


Our Programs

MENTORSHIP/COMMUNITY BUILDING: DIPC is committed to making sure that residents from diverse backgrounds thrive in our program.  To this end, DIPC provides peer mentorship and also faculty mentorship through meetings and community building events during the year.  We work hard, but always make sure that we celebrate our successes and our community!

RECRUITMENT: In order to help promote the program, we participate in various recruiting and outreach efforts, including attending national medical student conferences and working with our local Student National Medical Association (SNMA) chapter. In addition, DIPC hosts Diversity Dinners (see the Events section on this page) during the residency interview season. These events are a time for interviewees interested in the objectives of the committee, or with questions about diversity in Denver or at Children’s Hospital Colorado, to meet with DIPC residents and faculty in a causal setting. 

OUTREACH: DIPC members are involved in various outreach activities, working with students from elementary school through college. From local health fairs to hosting suturing workshops to facilitating health education events for local schools, our residents love being out in the community.

GROWTH: Our committee is continually growing! Resident-driven, the goals and objectives are fluid and enhanced by every committee member’s input. While continuing to advance the projects underway, we are full of ideas and hope to begin expanding the objectives to include more in-depth community outreach, research, or whatever the residents want to do!​​

Our Projects

Here is just a sampling of our planned projects for the upcoming year!

  • Adopt a School - to provide resources to students at a local school to help promote the pipeline
  • Hello Project - to create resources/greeting cards (similar to immunization cards) for providers to learn greetings in different languages
  • Journal Club with various specialties - to promote discussion and networking with residents from diverse backgrounds in other programs
  • Diversity Grand Rounds - in conjunction with departmental diversity committee to promote education on a topic related to diversity for the entire Department of Pediatrics and Children's Hospital Colorado
  • Diversity Quarterly Newsletter - communication to whole residency group regarding up-to-date information involving immigration/refugee/minority populations along with a listing of diversity events in Denver
  • DIPC Member Hosted Housing for Pediatric Interviews - our DIPC members want to make sure that you have your best experience here at the University of Colorado! If you are interested in possibly staying with a DIPC member during your interview, please contact Ms. Rhonda Buckner ( for more information.  

Diversity Dinner

Spotlight on Diversity and Recruitment Di​nners

Each recruiting season, the Diversity in Pediatrics Committee (DIPC) hosts events for interviewees interested in the committee and its mission. These events are open to any pediatrics residency program interviewee and are coordinated with the regularly-scheduled program. Attendance at these events is optional and does not in any way impact your application to the residency program or your rank status. 

The Spotlight on Diversity Lecture Series is a set of talks designed to connect those interested in diversity to our faculty with diverse experiences and backgrounds. Through short presentations and open conversations, we hope to learn more about how diversity (gender, race, previous experiences, specialty choice, etc.) has affected and continues to play a role in careers in pediatrics.

This year we are combining our recruitment dinners with our Spotlight on Diversity program.  The Spotlight on Diversity dinners will be held on Wednesdays, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Location will be provided to attendees at the time of RSVP. 

2019-2020 interview season DIPC dinner dates are as follows:

  • Nov 6
  • Nov 13
  • Nov 20
  • Dec 4
  • Dec 18
  • Jan 8

RSVPs confirming attendance will be asked for approximately 1-2 weeks before your interview.

Please feel to reach out to the committee at with any questions regarding our Committee or the Spotlight on Diversity Dinners. ​


Previous Diversity & Inclusion Events

  • Brown Bag LunchMonday, April 8, noon. TED Talk Viewing and Discussion. Room: TBD. All RSVP attendees will be notified room location before April 8.  
  • Intersections: A Diverse Community Connectivity EventWednesday, April 10, noon. Celebrating Difference Tapestry - CHCO Atrium, behind the glass elevators. Milk/Cookies Served.
  • Pediatric Grand Rounds. Leveraging Opportunities: The Role of Pediatricians in Addressing Workforce Diversity​. Friday, April 12, 12:30 p.m.
  • The Morning Report, featuring case discussion and strategies for effective cross-cultural communication. Sponsored by DIPC every other month. Breakfast provided. Aspen Conference Room, 7:30 a.m.
  • Book club meeting. On Aug. 27, the Book Club hosted in collaboration with the Advocacy Committee. Book: "Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present" by Harriet A. Washington.

As a part of the Department of Pediatrics' Celebration of Difference Week, 15 students from Aurora Central High School spent half of a day off from school on April 9. The objective of this event was to give the students the opportunity to learn about health careers and the journey to and through medical school. During their time at Children's Hospital Colorado, they heard from and toured with CHCO ED Medical Director, Dr. Kevin Carney; met with current medical students from Rocky Vista University; heard from Patient Outreach and Education Coordinators (AsthmaCOMP school centered asthma program) and learned about how Asthma impacts the body. They were provided information as to how they can begin finding career and future mentors, and they even met with Ralph the Medical Dog! The hope for this and other events is to connect people who are different, celebrate what they bring to our community and share in a future where everyone feels like they belong!

On April 10, faculty and staff members from CHCO and UCD stopped by for milk and cookies as part of the Celebrating Difference Week-- Intersections: A Diverse Community Connectivity Event. Attendees participated by identifying and connecting on the Celebrating Difference Tapestry. The Tapestry will be displayed at the April 12 Grand Rounds in ED1 Room P26-1300 beginning at 12:30 p.m.  

Campus and Community Partners

We are thankful for the support and partnership of several different organizations that help welcome our DIPC members to the community and make Colorado home!  Current and Past Community partners include: 



To learn more about some of the residents who are a part of our committee, visit our DIPC resident bios page



The Diversity in Pediatrics Committee is a resident-run committee with administrative support based in the Department of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Colorado Graduate Medical Education office.

For more information about the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s diversity efforts, please visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website​.

For more information about the Pediatric Residency Diversity Committee or the Externship Stipend​, please feel free to contact us via email at, or contact:

Brandi Freeman, MD, MS
Director, Diversity in Pediatrics Committee
Liaison for Diversity in Pediatric Resident Recruitment and Education
Rhonda Buckner
DIPC Administration

DIPC Mailing address:
Children’s Hospital Colorado
13123 E. 16th Avenue, B-158
Aurora, CO  80045
Attn: Brandi Freeman, MD, MS
For more information about diversity and the Department of Pediatrics, please visit our Diversity website.