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

     Denise Martinez, MD is the Assistant Dean for Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, a position that she has served in for the past three years after serving as the Interim Associate Dean for one year. 

    Dr. Martinez is a faculty member and clinician in the Department of Family Medicine. She brings a substantive skill set to this position. She is currently the faculty advisor for the Student National Medical Association. She also led the charge to create the Latino Medical Student Association, and the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, of which both groups are thriving today. Through her work with students, she earned the prestigious Hawkeye Award for Faculty Adviser of the Year for the entire University of Iowa in 2014.

    Last year, Dr. Martinez was also selected to lead University of Iowa Health Care with the implementation and incorporation of CultureVision, a cultural competency software to help create a more inclusive healthcare network for patients. Dr. Martinez has been a champion for cultural competence within University of Iowa Health Care.

    Since her arrival to Iowa in 2008, Dr. Martinez has been an active participant in many diversity and inclusion activities across campus. Her professional interests include cultural competence education, chronic disease management, and women’s health/obstetrics. She earned her B.A. degree in Biology from Seattle Pacific University and her M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine.

  • Janet Niebuhr 

     Janet Niebuhr

    Janet Niebuhr is the Program and Operations Coordinator for the Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives. She has been with the office since 2008. Janet received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the University of Iowa.    

    Janet’s primary responsibilities are managing office-sponsored conferences, events and programs, pipeline and recruitment programs, coordination of professional development programs, program manager of the CultureVision project team, and monitoring the office budget. 




  • Kristin Destrampe

    Kristin DestrampeKristin Destrampe is the Administrative Services Coordinator for the Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives in the UI Carver College of Medicine. She joined the office in March 2015. Kristin received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and her Education Certification from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    In this role, Kristin provides support for the Associate and Assistant Deans for Diversity, ensures that excellent customer service is provided to students, faculty and staff, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations and administrative tasks of the Office.