Justice, Equity,
Diversity & Inclusion

Our Commitment

Our Commitment

Moses/Weitzman Health System is committed to advancing its values of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) across the organization. We acknowledge, embrace and value the diversity and individual uniqueness of our patients, students, employees and external partners. CHC strives to foster a culture of equity and inclusion in broad and specific terms.

MWHS prohibits discrimination based on age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.

Our commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion presents itself in our quality health care delivered to our patients, our passion for inclusive excellence for our employees, the learning environment we foster for our students, and the attention paid to our equitable and inclusive policies and practices across the organization.

For questions about our justice, equity, diversity and inclusion efforts, contact Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Dr. Karoline Oliveira.

Dr. Karoline Oliveira

Leader of Justice, equity, diversity and inclusion efforts at CHC

JEDI Certificate

MWHS offers a Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Certificate Program This innovative program guides your team through seven asynchronous team-based online learning workshops where you’ll general an action-oriented, organizational change plan ready for implementation at your organization.

Learn more about the JEDI certificate.

Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council

The Moses/Weitzman Health System’s Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Council is a taskforce comprised of a diverse representation of employees from across the organization. The council is charged to convene regularly to present, review, and promote policies and practices in support of justice, diversity, equity and inclusive excellence across the organization.

Employee Resource Groups

Moses/Weitzman Health System is committed to creating and maintaining a sense of belonging and inclusion for all employees, particularly those from underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. In this effort, we have moved to support the establishment of employee resource groups to bring employees together in support of social inclusion, shared interests, shared characteristics and common experiences.

Employee resource groups are focused on the support of those from historically marginalized groups and inclusive of committed allies and advocates.

Types of employee resource groups at MWHS may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Disability
  • Veteran Status
  • LGBTQIA+ Identity
  • Race
  • Ethnicity and Culture
  • Religion (single religion, interfaith groups)
  • Age groups
  • Family Structures (working parents, single parents)
  • New Hires
  • Job Responsibility


We encourage self-guided education in the areas of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. Below is a non-exhaustive list of resources that MWHS staff are examining.

Code Switch- NPR

From the website: “Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get…stuck? Code Switch can help. We’re all journalists of color, and this isn’t just the work we do. It’s the lives we lead. Sometimes, we’ll make you laugh. Other times, you’ll get uncomfortable. But we’ll always be unflinchingly honest and empathetic. Come mix it up with us.”

Making Gay History the Podcast

From the website: “Since 2016, Making Gay History has been bringing the largely hidden history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement to life through the voices of the people who lived it. We have a treasure trove of voices yet to share, a wealth of stories yet to tell. And we can’t wait to introduce you to many more advocates, activists, and allies whose proud legacy continues to inspire us.”

Women at Work – Harvard Business Review

From the website: “Conversations about the workplace, and women’s place in it. HBR editors and guest experts untangle some of the knottiest issues around being a woman at work.” In its first season, this podcast covered topics ranging from the wage gap and work after #MeToo to communication, leading with authenticity and giving and receiving advice. Knotty issues for sure.

The Will to Change: Uncovering True Stories of Diversity & Inclusion

From the website: Everyone has a diversity story- even those you don’t expect. Get ready to hear from leading CEO’s, bestselling authors and entrepreneurs as we uncover their true stories of diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha on Conversations on Health Care

From the website: This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Pediatrician and public health activist, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who exposed the Flint Water Crisis brought on by state and city officials who switched Flint’s water supply. She discusses her book on the crisis, “What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance and Hope in an American City” which exposes government efforts to deny their role, and the ongoing community-wide effort to address the public health crisis.

  • Race/Justice/Culture
  • 13th (2016)
  • Central Park 5 (2012)
  • Hidden Figures (2016)
  • Latino Americans (2013)
  • New American Girls (2014)
  • Rubin Salazar: Man in the Middle (2014)
  • Selma (2014)
  • Time: The Kalief Browder Story (2017)
  • Trudell (2005)
  • Who Killed Vincent Chin (1987)
  • LGBTQ Awareness
  • Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
  • Milk (2008)
  • Mala Mala (2014)
  • Major (2015)
  • Sweetheart Dancers (2019)
  • Breathe (2017)
  • Crip Camp (2020)
  • I am Sam (2001)
  • The Theory of Everything (2014)


  • Bias Awareness and Building Community
    • Banaji, M. and Greenwald, A. (2016). Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People. Bantam.
    • Brown, B. (2018). Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. Random House.
    • Catlin, K. (2019). Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces. Karen Catlin Consulting.
    • Choudhury, S. (2016). Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them. Between the Lines.
    • Chugh, D. (2018). The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias. Harper Business.
    • Eberhardt, J.L. (2020). Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do. Penguin Publishing.
    • Harris, L. (2019). Diversity Beyond Lip Service: A Coaching Guide for Challenging Bias. Barrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
    • Jana, J.; Freeman,M.(2016). Overcoming Bias: Building Authentic Relationships across Differences. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
    • Jana, T.; Diaz Mejias, A.; Coen Gilbert, J. (2018) Erasing Institutional Bias: How to Create Systemic Change for Organizational Inclusion. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
    • Myers, V. (2014). What if I Say the Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People. American Bar Association.
    • Scott E. Page. (2008). The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies. Princeton University Press.
    • Steele, C. (2011). Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do. (Issues of our time). W.W. Norton & Company.
    • Vogl, C. (2016). The Art of Community: Seven Principles for Belonging. Berrett-Koehler. Publishers, Inc.
  • Race/Anti-Racism
    • Ahmed, S. (2012). On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life. Duke University Press Books.
    • Diangelo, R. (2018). White Fragility: Why it Is So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. Beacon Press.
    • Kendi, I. (2019). How to Be Antiracist. One World Publishing.
    • Oluo, I. (2018). So You Want to Talk About Race? Seal Press.
    • Tatum, B.D. (2017). Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria. Basic Books.
    • Tweedy, D. (2016). Black Man in a White Coat. Picador.
    • Wilkerson, I. (2020). Caste: The Origins of our Discontents. Random House.
  • Sex, Gender and Gender Identity
    • Airton, L. (2018). Gender: Your Guide. Adams Media.
    • Bornstein, K. (2016). Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us. Vintage.
    • Collier Hillstrom, L. (2018). The #MeToo Movement: 21 Century Turning Point. ABC-CLO.
    • Fine, C. (2011). Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference. W.W. Norton & Company.
    • Finney, J., Boylan, J., and Quindlen, A. (2014). Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders. Crown.
    • Huston, T. (2017). How Women Decide: What’s True, What’s Not, and What Strategies Spark the Best Choices. Mariner Books.
    • McBride, S. (2018). Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss and the Fight for Trans Equality. Crown Archetype.
    • Pao, E. (2017). Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change. Spiegel & Grau.
    • Serano, J. (2013). Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive. Seal Press.
    • Snorton, C.R. (2017). Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity. University of Minnesota Press.
    • Williams J.C. and Dempsey, R. (2014). What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know. NYU Press.
    • Winfrey-Harris, T. (2015). The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
  • LGBTQ+
    • Bongiovani, A. and Jimerson,T. (2018).Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns.Limerence
  • Press.
    • Cenziper, D. and Obergefell, J. (2017). Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality. William Morrow Paperbacks.
    • Faderman, L. (2016). The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle. Simon & Schuster.
    • Jones, C. (2016). When We Rise: My Life in the Movement. Hachette Books.
    • Joye Swan, D. and Habibi, S. (2018). Bisexuality: Theories, Research, and Recommendations for the Invisible Sexuality. Springer International Publishing.
    • Krutzsch, B. (2018). Dying to Be Normal: Gay Martyrs and the Transformation of American Sexual Politics. Oxford University Press.
    • Lorde, A. (2007). Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches. Crossing Press.
    • Mendes, E.A.; Maroney, M.R.; Lawson, W. (2019). Gender Identity, Sexuality and Autism: Voices from Across the Spectrum. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
    • Meyer, D. (2015). Violence Against Queer People: Race, Class, Gender, and the Persistence of Anti-LGBT Discrimination. Rutgers University Press.
    • Milk, H.; Black, J.E. (Editor); Morris, C.E. (Editor); Robinson, F.M. (Foreword by). (2013). An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk’s Speeches and Writings. University of California Press.
  • Socioeconomic Status
    • Austin, B. (2018). Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing. Harper.
    • Bradley, C. (2012). Stiffing the Working Class: Welcome to Third-World America. Algora.
    • The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border. Riverhead.
    • Cullity, G. (2006). The Moral Demands of Affluence. Clarendon Press.
    • Desmond, M. (2017). Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Crown.
    • Edin, K.J. and Shaefer, H.L. (2016). $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America. Mariner Books.
    • Oliver, M.L. and Shapiro, T.M. (2006). Black Wealth/White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality. Routledge.
    • Shapiro, T. (2017). Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future. Perseus Books.
    • Smarsh, S. (2019). Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth. Scribner.
  • Disability Awareness
    • Pistorious, M. (2013). Ghost Boy. Harper Collins.
    • Nielsen, K.E. (2012). A Disability History of the United States. Beacon Press.
    • Roth, A. (2018). Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness. Basic Books.
    • Shapiro, J. (2011). No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement. Broadway Books.
    • Yapko, M.D. (2013). Depression Is Contagious: How the Most Common Mood Disorder Is Spreading Around the World and How to Stop It. Simon & Schuster.
  • Health and Health Inequity
    • France, D. (2016). How to Survive a Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS. Picador.
    • Hanna-Attisha, M. (2019). What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance and Hope in an American City. One World. (Flint Water Crisis)
    • Mattew, D.B. (2015). Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care. NYU Press.
    • Otto, M. (2017). Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality and the Struggle for Oral Health in America. New Press.
    • Payne, K. (2017). The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live and Die. Viking Publishing.
    • Scloot, R. (2010). The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Crown Publishing Group.
    • Shilts, R. (2000). And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic. Stonewall Inn Editions.
    • Faith, Religious Identity, Secular Worldview, and Sectarianism
    • Haidt, J. (2013). The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. NYT Book Review.
    • Nussbaum, M. C. (2013). The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age. Belknap Press.
    • Sinn, S. and Trice M.R. (2015). Religious Identity and Renewal in the Twenty-First Century. Evangilishe Verlagsanstalt.
    • Wuthnow, R. (2007). America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity. Princeton University Press.
  • Fiction:
    • Race
    • “Grandmother’s Hands” by Resmaa Menakem