About the Office

Launched in 2008, the Carver College of Medicine Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives works closely with other administrative offices and community partners to foster an environment where all members of the UI Health Care community feel welcome. The Office supports the UI Health Care community of students, faculty, postdoctoral scholars, staff, residents and fellows in conjunction with the tripartite mission of the academic medical center.

Examples of Office-sponsored programs and events include:

  • Diversity trainings and professional development programs
  • Networking events for medical students and residents/fellows
  • Diversity dialogue circles
  • Welcome programs for new students
  • Human Rights Week Events

Members of the UI Health Care community are encouraged to contact our office if you have questions regarding programs sponsored by the Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives or if you would like assistance planning a diversity-related event for your department or unit.


Sherree A. Wilson, PhD

Sherree Wilson, PhD was appointed Associate Dean for Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives in July 2012. In this role, Dr. Wilson is responsible for the implementation and assessment of diversity initiatives throughout the Carver College of Medicine (CCOM), and advises senior leaders on matters related to the advancement of diversity and inclusion. She led the development and implementation of the CCOM’s strategic diversity planning process (2014-17 Strategic Diversity Roadmap), with the primary goal of achieving Inclusive Excellence throughout the College. Dr. Wilson is the Associate Program Director of the PREP@Iowa Program, an NIGMS funded post-baccalaureate research education program designed to address hurdles that hamper diversity in the biomedical sciences. Dr. Wilson is also the accountable leader, along with the University of Iowa VP for Medical Affairs, for UI Health Care’s goal of creating a culturally sensitive and inclusive health care environment. Those efforts include serving as co-founder and co-chair of the Culturally Responsive Health Care in Iowa conference, the acquisition and implementation of CultureVision (a comprehensive database which provides information on more than 50 ethnic and cultural groups across 12 clinical and non-clinical areas); and designing continuing education programming which focuses on patient-centered health care. Dr. Wilson’s prior professional experience include positions at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) as Director of Multicultural Professional Development where she managed a team which developed an on-line multicultural education resource guide for faculty, Special Assistant to the Chancellor where she led a review of the institution’s hiring practices, and Assistant Dean of the Faculties, with a focus on the recruitment and retention of faculty from less represented populations. She has received grant funding for a cultural competence curriculum development project, a faculty leadership development program and a faculty writing success program.

Dr. Wilson has authored several pieces on diversity in higher education, and she also has significant teaching experience; having taught courses in career development and student affairs/higher education administration, in Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and School of Education respectively. She currently holds a faculty appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Higher Education & Student Affairs program at The University of Iowa. Additionally, Dr. Wilson has facilitated workshops on culturally responsive care, unconscious bias and strategic diversity planning; she also conducts sessions on a variety of professional development topics, including mid-career change, career mapping and the academic job search. She is experienced in the administration and interpretation of various self-assessment tools, including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), StrengthsFinder, the Strong Interest Inventory, the Change Style Indicator and the Influence Style Indicator. Dr. Wilson continues to provide career/professional development coaching and consultation as time allows.

Dr. Wilson has a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology from Ball State University, a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel Administration & Counseling from Indiana University (IU), and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from IU; in 2013, she completed a nine-month Diversity & Inclusion certificate program for Healthcare Executives through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and Georgetown University. Wilson is a member of the AAMC Group on Diversity & Inclusion, Association for the Study of Higher Education, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, and the National Career Development Association. Dr. Wilson served as a Diversity Focus board member from 2013-2015 and currently serves on the advisory boards of the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights and the Children’s Organ Transplant Association; prior to leaving Indianapolis in 2012, she was a board member for the Indianapolis Urban League and the Madame Walker Theater Center.

Denise Martinez, MD

Denise Martinez, MD is the Assistant Dean for Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, a position that she has served in for the past three years after serving as the Interim Associate Dean for one year.  

Dr. Martinez is a faculty member and clinician in the Department of Family Medicine. She brings a substantive skill set to this position. She is currently the faculty advisor for the Student National Medical Association. She also led the charge to create the Latino Medical Student Association, and the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, of which both groups are thriving today. Through her work with students, she earned the prestigious Hawkeye Award for Faculty Adviser of the Year for the entire University of Iowa in 2014.

Last year, Dr. Martinez was also selected to lead University of Iowa Health Care with the implementation and incorporation of CultureVision, a cultural competency software to help create a more inclusive healthcare network for patients. Dr. Martinez has been a champion for cultural competence within University of Iowa Health Care. 

Since her arrival to Iowa in 2008, Dr. Martinez has been an active participant in many diversity and inclusion activities across campus. Her professional interests include cultural competence education, chronic disease management, and women’s health/obstetrics. She earned her B.A. degree in Biology from Seattle Pacific University and her M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine.

Janet Niebuhr 

Janet Niebuhr is the Program and Operations Coordinator for the Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives. She has been with the office since 2008. Janet received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the University of Iowa.    

Janet’s primary responsibilities are managing office-sponsored conferences, events and programs, pipeline and recruitment programs, coordination of professional development programs, program manager of the CultureVision project team, and monitoring the office budget. 





Kristin Destrampe​

Kristin Destrampe is the Administrative Services Coordinator for the Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives in the UI Carver College of Medicine. She joined the office in March 2015. Kristin received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and her Education Certification from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In this role, Kristin provides support for the Associate and Assistant Deans for Diversity, ensures that excellent customer service is provided to students, faculty and staff, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations and administrative tasks of the Office.





Nicole Keating

Nicole KeatingNicole Keating is an Administrative Services Coordinator for the Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives in the UI Carver College of Medicine. She joined the office in 2016. Nicole received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing and a minor in Psychology from the University of Iowa.

In this role, Nicole provides primary support for the Summer Health Professions Education Program.