Susan Boards

Susan C. Taylor, MD


Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Diversity


As Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) for the Department of Dermatology, I provide leadership, oversight and development of strategic initiatives and goals regarding diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism across the Department’s core missions of clinical care, research, and teaching. In addition, I lead the Faculty and Staff Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and serve as the departmental DEI representative to PSOM, the Health Center and the University. 

The DEI goals of the Department of Dermatology include: 

  1. Opposing all forms of systemic racism, bias or discrimination based upon an individual’s identity group (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, disability, age, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, etc) and endorsing policies and initiatives that ensure anti-racism and nondiscrimination.  
  2. Supporting pipeline efforts to enhance racial and ethnic diversity in dermatology through programs that support, prepare, and motivate members from groups underrepresented in medicine (UIM) throughout all levels of training (i.e. elementary to high school, undergraduate, medical school, and residency) and the integration of best practices for the sustainability and success of healthcare career pipeline programs.  
  3. Increasing diversity in the clinical learning environment to achieve excellence in and improve educational outcomes for all by prioritizing UIM faculty recruitment and development as well as leadership opportunities within the Department. 
  4. Accelerating diversity, equity, and inclusion educational initiatives to prepare the current and future dermatology workforce to adequately care for an increasingly diverse U.S. population through the implementation of Equity Grand Rounds with the inclusion of topics on systemic racism, implicit and unconscious bias, cultural competence, and health disparities. 
  5. Supporting and sustaining dermatology services to marginalized and minoritized patients internally and externally to the Dermatology clinics and to incarcerated populations.