Dismantling Racism in Ourselves, Our System, and Our Community

Shiva Bedar-Sielaff, MA, CDM
Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer
UW Health
Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.


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Speaker biography:
Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, MA, CDM is the UW–Madison School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity Transformation and UW Health Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She leads a comprehensive effort to embed equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism as imperatives in the UW Health and SMPH missions. She facilitates alignment and progress in areas such as learning and education, faculty and staff support, equity in systems, policies and processes, support for basic science departments and their training programs, and programmatic accountability.

She completed her undergraduate degree at Ecole d´Interprètes Internationaux in Mons, Belgium, followed by a Master of Arts in International Policy Studies at Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. In 2015 she earned a Certificate in Diversity Management from Georgetown University. In 1997 she first joined the health system to establish UW Health’s medical interpretation services program. She became director of community partnerships for UW Health, and then UW Health Chief Diversity Officer. In 2020, her health system role was elevated to a vice president position.

Bidar-Sielaff is an established leader and effective champion for advancing equity and diversity at the individual, organizational, and community levels. She has served as an alder on the City of Madison Common Council and has experience serving on the Governor’s Health Equity Council, as a co-chair of the Latino Health Council of Dane County, and as a member of the Madison Community Foundation Board. She has also been named a 2019-20 UW–Madison Outstanding Woman of Color.