Dean's Advisory Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DACDEI) is an advisory board at the Larner College of Medicine whose primary mission is to advance the strategic diversity, equity and inclusion goals of the College. 

The Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DACDEI) works closely with both the dean and ODEI to ensure alignment between the organization’s overall business strategy and institutional practices that support and accelerate DEI goals outlined in the diversity strategic plan. The group is comprised of faculty, staff, students and senior administrative staff/leadership.

Primary Function

  • Consult with the Dean and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ADDEI) on DEI strategy and key milestones 
  • Work with ADDEI and diversity office to identify DEI barriers that impact recruitment, retention and advancement, recruitment, training, and key assignments
  • Advise and recommend priorities for strategic diversity engagement at all levels and in all areas of the College
  • Provide opportunities for members of the Larner College of Medicine community to share their thoughts, concerns, and ideas regarding diversity, equity and inclusion at the College
  • Provide feedback and insight on issues of culture, climate, equity, inclusion, and diversity in the workplace, including recommendations and support regarding short- and long-term strategies to meet the organization’s current and future workforce needs
  • Identify opportunities for the organization to engage with its broader communities to promote equity, social justice, and inclusion (i.e. community volunteer activities, corporate social responsibility initiatives, etc.)


2020-2022 Dean's Advisory Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Ellen Black, PhDAssistant ProfessorNeurological Sciences2020-2022
Elizabeth Bonney, MD, MPHProfessorObstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences2020-2021
Brian Kim, MDAssociate ProfessorSurgery - Ophthalmology2020-2022
Macaulay Onuigbo, MDProfessorMedicine2020-2022
Marie Sandoval, MDAssociate ProfessorMedicine2020-2022
Anthony Williams, MDAssistant ProfessorFamily Medicine2020-2022
Raj Chawla, MPHFaculty Technology LiaisonCollege of Medicine Technology Services (COMTS)2020-2022
Elizabeth McElhinney, M.Ed.Director, Pre-Matriculation ProgramsMedical Student Admissions2020-2021
Stephen Meth, JDChief Experience OfficerNuvance Health, Danbury CT2020-2022
Jeff RectorSystem and Assessment CoordinatorClinical Simulation Laboratory2020-2022
Melanie SestokasAdministrative StaffDepartment of Biochemistry2020-2022
VACANTMedical StudentClass of 20252020-2021
Adam RossMedical StudentClass of 20222020-2022
Victor AbrahamMedical StudentClass of 20232020-2022
VACANTStaff Member 2020-2022
VACANTMedical StudentClass of 20242020-2022
VACANTGraduate Student 2020-2022
VACANTGraduate Student 2020-2022


Ex-Officio Members, Dean's Advisory Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Associate Dean of Students
Sr. Associate Dean for Research
Sr. Associate Dean for Medical Education
Sr. Associate Dean for Finance and Administration
Associate Dean for Admissions
Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Post Doctoral Training
Director of Foundations Curriculum
Director, Learning Environment
Office of Medical Communications Representative