Mary Guerriero Austrom, PhD, whose passionate advocacy for diversity at IU School of Medicine helped create a more inclusive and welcoming environment, passed away on October 23 surrounded by her loved ones.  She will be remembered for her empathy, tenacity and dedication.


As the school’s associate dean for diversity affairs, Austrom left an indelible mark on the culture of the school as she transformed the approach to diversity. She was committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone could flourish. A key part of her vision was to integrate a focus on diversity and inclusion across every department of the school through the development of department diversity plans, and under her leadership, multiple new programs were developed for both learners and faculty.