Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives

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    Carver College of Medicine
    Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives
    200 College of Medicine Administration Building
    Iowa City, IA 52242

    Phone: (319) 384-2952


    Sherree A. Wilson, PhD

    Wilson, Sherree

    Sherree Wilson was recently appointed (July, 2012) Associate Dean for Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa.  In this role, Dr. Wilson will lead the assessment and implementation of diversity initiatives throughout the college in addition to advising senior leaders and staff on issues related to diversity and inclusion.  Dr. Wilson has extensive academic administrative experience, having served in a variety of roles with Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), including Special Assistant to the Chancellor and Assistant Dean of the Faculties, prior to coming to the University of Iowa.  

    Dr. Wilson also has teaching experience, having served as assistant clinical professor at Indiana University’s School of Education in Bloomington and Indianapolis; she is also the author of several pieces on diversity in higher education.  Wilson has received grant funding for a cultural competence curriculum development project and a faculty leadership development program.  She is a member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the National Association of Medical Minority Educators, the National Career Development Association and serves on the board of the Children’s Organ Transplant Association; prior to leaving Indianapolis, she also served on the boards of the Indianapolis Urban League and Madame Walker Theater Center.

    Dr. Wilson has a B.S. degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology from Ball State University, a M.S. degree in College Student Personnel Administration & Counseling from Indiana University (IU), and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from IU.  She is experienced in the administration and interpretation of various self-assessment tools, including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, StrengthsFinder, and the Strong Interest Inventory. 


  • Denise Martinez, MD

    Denise Martinez Adams

    Dr. Denise Martinez is the Assistant Dean for Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives in the UI Carver College of Medicine.

    Dr. Martinez is a faculty member and clinician in the Department of Family Medicine. She brings a substantive skill set to this position. As an undergraduate at Seattle Pacific University, she served as a Multicultural Senator and Student Body Executive Director of Intercultural Affairs. During her medical school training at Tufts University, she served as a member of the University Culture Team and was president of their Student National Medical Association.

    Since her arrival at Iowa, Dr. Martinez has been an active participant in many diversity and inclusion activities. Her professional interests include cultural competence education, chronic disease management, and women’s health/obstetrics.

  • Janet Niebuhr

    Janet Niebuhr

    Janet Niebuhr currently serves as interim program and operations coordinator for the Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives.  She joined the office in April 2008. 

    In this role, Janet provides support to the office through event planning, project management, and administrative support.  Janet received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the University of Iowa.