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Published:  December 11, 2021

UNMC’s director of inclusion has been promoted.

Sheritta Strong, MD, has been named assistant vice chancellor of inclusion at UNMC, following a year in which the Office of Inclusion elevated campus conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion. The promotion was effective July 1.

Dr. Strong has served as director of inclusion since July 2020 and had been interim director since February 2020. She will continue to report to UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD.

“I’m thankful for all the change agents on campus,” Dr. Strong said. “I appreciate everyone willing to be engaged in the conversation and part of the solutions that we need. I’m interested in having conversations with folks who feel left out of the conversation and being even more intentional with our actions to change metrics. This title change gives the position more credibility and our team more latitude to solidify – and elevate – initiatives.”

“Dr. Strong has provided outstanding leadership as UNMC purposefully works to create and cultivate a more inclusive workplace,” Dr. Gold said. “We all inspire a culture and society that encourages, respects and supports a growth mindset and, as health care educators, understand how critically important that is as we interact, treat and care for patients from all populations.”

Dele Davies, MD, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, agreed. “Dr. Strong is known as the face of our inclusion efforts and has deftly led and guided the campus community through the sometimes difficult, but necessary, conversations to create a more inclusive culture. Under her leadership, UNMC is sure to make continued progress on campus and in the broader community.”

The Office of Inclusion has built solid and collaborative relationships, Dr. Strong said, with diversity officers across the UNMC and NU system. In addition, the office has important partners on campus including the Office of Equity, McGoogan Library, Student Life Inclusion Diversity Office, Graduate Studies and Faculty Development, to name a few. Nebraska Medicine’s recently hired vice president-chief inclusion and diversity officer, Ada Wilson, JD, also is a new partner.

An Omaha native, Dr. Strong is a UNMC College of Medicine alum and 13-year faculty member in the UNMC Department of Psychiatry. She is an adult psychiatrist with primary interests in the treatment of chronic and persistent mental illness and minority-related mental health concerns. As an advocate in the community and for those affected by mental illness, she is passionate about reducing barriers to quality care by increasing community awareness of mental illness and its impact on our society.

Dr. Strong is a leader in undergraduate medical education at UNMC. She has been the pre-clinical co-director of the phase 1 Neurosciences Block for more than 10 years, coordinating all aspects of pre-clinical psychiatry training at UNMC.


Being honored as a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, she also has been the recipient of several awards locally and nationally including the Urban League African American Leadership Award in Health, Women in Medicine Award from the National Coalition of Negro Women, the UNMC Alumni Early Career Achievement Award, and the American Psychiatric Association’s Nancy C.A. Roeske, MD Award, which is given to individuals who have made outstanding and sustaining contributions to medical student education.

Source:  Press Release, UNMC

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Shavonne Washington-Krauth inaugural Director of Culture & Inclusion at Children’s Hospital

Published:  January 19, 2022

Shavonne Washington-Krauth is the inaugural Culture and Inclusion Director for Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.

In mid-2018 Children’s Hospital & Medical Center began intensive conversations about their desire to do more focused and intentional work related to diversity and inclusion within the organization.

By July 2019, Children’s had hired its inaugural Culture and Inclusion Manager, Shavonne Washington-Krauth. Since that time, Children’s has been working to provide a more diverse and inclusive workplace experience for employees by focusing on programming, systems, and policy concepts.

They have also been working in the realm of creating a more inclusive experience for their patients and families. Due to the success and level of influence she was having in her role, Children’s promoted Shavonne to the Director of Culture and Inclusion one year after she joined the organization, and is now adding a new member to her team.

Children’s is proud of the progress made in the past 2 ½ years and looks forward to seeing how much more they will accomplish.

Ms. Washington-Krauth’s responsibilities include the creation and revision of systems, policies, opportunities, and environments in which everyone can not only work, but thrive at a more equitable rate without feeling excluded or marginalized.

She also leads the development and implementation of a culture, diversity, and inclusion strategic framework; supervision of six employee resource groups and serves as an advisor or subject matter expert on topics regarding the organization’s culture, diversity, and inclusion efforts.

Ms. Washington-Krauth holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, a master’s degree in health education, is a Prosci-certified Change Management Practitioner, and a trained Bridges Out of Poverty facilitator.  Washington-Krauth is also a graduate of the Empowerment Network and BCT Partners’ Redefine the Game Institute.

She is a self-proclaimed “Air Force Brat” currently living in Omaha with her husband, two sons, two dogs, a fish, and three chickens.

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Redefine the Game celebrates completion of 3 cohorts and launch of the 4th

In 2021, The Empowerment Network and BCT Partners completed the 3rd and started the 4th Cohort of the nationally recognized Redefine the Game Institute.

A graduation ceremony for the 2nd and 3rd cohorts was held in June of 2021. The 4th cohort held its first class in November 2021 and will finish in September 2022.

Launched in 2018, by the Empowerment Network, BCT Partners and WDB Resultants, Redefine the Game is a highly interactive, career advancement and leadership development program.

It brings together African-American professionals from all sectors and engages them in a year long development experience which helps them to prepare for the next phase of their career.

Participants have the opportunity to rediscover their passions, purpose and ground themselves by reviewing their core values. From there they complete an assessment which helps them to understand how they make decisions, ways to interact with others more effectively and provides insights on how to use their strengths to maximize individual and collective work.

Over the period of the program, the class walks through the ten game changing strategies identified in the best selling book, Black Faces in White Places, written by Dr. Randal Pinkett and Dr. Jeffrey Robinson.

Pinkett and Robinson co-facilitate Redefine the Game, along with Willie Barney of the Empowerment Network and WDB Resultants and Damita Byrd with BCT Partners. Barney and Byrd worked together to develop the vision for the the cohort program and partnered with Pinkett and Robinson to bring it to reality.

It has made a measurable impact after just three cohorts. Over 40 corporations, businesses and organizations have sent employees through the program.

“We had thought about creating a course based on our book, but didn’t get around to doing it,” said Pinkett. “Then, Willie and Damita came to us with the vision and made it happen in a very short amount of time. Now, corporations and organizations across the country are inquiring about RTG.”

Including this cohort, 125 Black professionals and community leaders in Omaha will have participated. Of those who have completed the course, 70% have been promoted on their job.

“They were already doing great work and now have earned advancement and leadership opportunities through their own abilities, relationship building and utilization of their unique skill set,” said Barney.

“Alumni tell us that RTG helps provide them with an edge and the insights they need to better navigate their environments successfully,” added Byrd.

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Shawntal Mallory makes history as first Director of Nebraska Legal Diversity Council

Published:  January 8, 2022

Shawntal M. Mallory was recently announced as the first Executive Director of the Nebraska Legal Diversity Council, a newly formed nonprofit organization aiming to increase and support diversity in the practice of law and law school matriculation in Nebraska.

“I am optimistic and excited about this timely opportunity to partner with so many entities within the Nebraska legal community to formalize and flourish our efforts toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and access in our beloved profession,” said Mallory.

Shawntal is a native of Omaha, Nebraska. She was educated at Creighton University and Creighton University School of Law where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and her Juris Doctorate, respectively.

A licensed attorney, over the course of her fifteen-year practice, she has specialized in adoption, juvenile, family, and employment law while serving in nonprofit executive positions as general counsel and in human resources.   Mallory also serves as an adjunct Law Professor at Creighton Law School teaching a Race & Law course she developed.

She is a highly sought after and featured speaker, trainer, coach and consultant on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, access, justice and belonging.   Shawntal is certified in Nonprofit Executive Leadership and Leading Equity & Inclusion in Organizations through Northwestern University.

She is dedicated to continuous education, life-long learning and serves as an inspiring mentor to many.  Mallory is the co-founder of the Nebraska Association of African American HR Professionals, an Inclusive Communities LeadDIVERSITY Advocate and a graduate of Leadership Omaha Class 31.  Shawntal serves on the Boards of Inclusive Communities and Lamp Rynearson and is a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Commissioner.

Mallory is committed to her community serving in a variety of roles.  She is an active community volunteer, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and attends Salem Baptist Church. She has earned a number of awards including, the 2009 TOYO recipient and the 2021 Nebraska State Bar Association Diversity Award.

Shawntal’s favorite role is mom to her two sons.

Mallory had this to say about her new role with the Nebraska Legal Diversity Council:

“I am so thankful for the confidence of the Board and I look forward to leading this new organization in this important work.”

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