Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the IU center for Bioethics

The IU Center for Bioethics recognizes the social injustices and systematic racism that have undermined the prosperity of underserved communities. The center is committed to increasing awareness of the structures of inequality and promoting efforts in DEI through research, education, and programming.
Check below to access numerous articles, training, and events related to DEI in medicine and society.

DEI Training @ the IU Center for Bioethics

The Bioethics and Race series aims to facilitate discussions on improving race relations and health outcomes. This series, led by our center, aims to facilitate and encourage meaningful discussion on how best to ameliorate disparities in our communities.

To learn more about this series, click here. 

Upcoming Event

Speaker: Dr. Charmaine DM RoyalWhen: November 3rd, 2022
Professor, African & African American Studies, Biology, Global Health, and Family Medicine & Community Health
Director, Center on Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference, and Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Duke University

This new mini-series by the IU Center for Bioethics features IUCB faculty and outside experts applying an ethics lens to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Speakers will explore contemporary DEI topics in health and research using diverse ethical perspectives, including feminist ethics, narrative ethics, human rights frameworks, critical race theory, or other approaches. These talks are meant to be explorations of DEI that can broaden and deepen our understanding of methodology and theory in bioethics, and thus deepen our appreciation for problems and ways forward in equity and diversity.

Speaker: Dr. Mary OttDate: December 2nd, 2021 12pm (EST)
Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Adolescent Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
Title: Adolescent Reproductive Equity and Public Health Ethics


The Bioethics and Subject Advocacy Program of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) at Indiana University School of Medicine presents Translational Research Ethics: Applied Topics seminars (TREATs) monthly regarding ethical issues in translational research. Access to presentations and information on research ethics presented as TREAT seminars are available.


DEI-Related TREATs Talks

 To check out more talks, click here.

The IU Center for Bioethics and Bioethics and Subject Advocacy Program (BSAP) of the Indiana CTSI offer two courses in RCR, both of which satisfy the NIH requirements for instruction in RCR. The course covers a range of topics, including DEI-related topics.

DEI - Related RCR Topics

  • Women and Pregnant Persons
  • Racial Bias in Biostatistics
  • Incarcerated Persons
  • Cultural and Structural Competency
  • Community Engagement
  • International Research and Disparities
  • Implicit Bias and Artificial Intelligence

To learn more about our RCR training, click here.

Below are DEI - related articles and writing curated by IUCB Faculty and Staff.


“Respect for cultural diversity in bioethics is an ethical imperative” by Subrata Chattopadhyay and Raymond De Vries”

  •  Chattopadhyay and De Vries argue against universalist ethical positions, stating that it is mainly centered in western morality. They argue that the imposition of Western morals onto non-Western cultures is unjustified and unethical.


“Bioethics: a search for moral diversity” by Qiu Renzong

  •  Renzong examines the differences between Chinese culture and ethical values and universal bioethics. He determines that while Chinese bioethics will continue to develop, they must be developed with traditional values and features of the Chinese culture.



Cultural Competence and Ethnic Diversity in Healthcare” by Lakshmi Nair and Oluwaseun A. Adetayo

  •  The authors claim that to help fix health disparities and to improve health care experiences and outcomes. They state that the healthcare field must begin to attract, retain, and promote highly motivated and skilled women and minorities.


Latinx Bioethics

  •  A group that works to amplify Latinx voices in healthcare.

Race and Bioethics: Amplifying Diverse Voices

  •  A panel of bioethicists, Harriet Washington, Keisha Ray, Louis Voigt, and Joanne Suarez. They talk about how to better address and reduce racism that persists in healthcare in the United States.


“Bioethicists Can and Should Contribute to Addressing Racism” by Marion Danis, Yolonda Wilson, and Amina White

            The authors argue that since justice is such an important principle in bioethics, bioethicists must contribute to addressing racism and discrimination. They present how to offer meaningful contributions through research, training, teaching, policy development and academic scholarship and how to add to the public discourse regarding racism.


Intersectionality in Clinical Medicine: The Need for a Conceptual Framework” by Yolonda Wilson, Amina White, Akilah Jefferson, and Marion Anis

  •  The authors look at how considering intersectionality in medical settings will help to improve patient-clinician interactions. They argue that intersectionality not only helps patients, but also to help focus on structural and institutional forces that impact health disparities.