Shiva Bidar-Sielaff serves as Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer leading the overall vision, coordination and strategic leadership for the design and implementation of UW Health's initiatives related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Shiva joined UW Health in 1997. She quickly became a national leader in medical interpreter services which was only in its infancy at the time. She has spent the past 23 years building a model language access program. In addition, she has been responsible for leading work with community partners to better connect and serve communities of color and LGBTQ+ communities and has served as an organization-wide resource on diversity, equity and inclusion. Shiva's work has been recognized with numerous awards, including 2019-20 UW Outstanding Women of Color Award, the 2018 Centro Hispano of Dane County Visionary Award and the 2018 Wisconsin LGBT Chamber Advocate of the Year.
Shiva completed her undergraduate studies at the Université du Hainaut, Mons, Belgium, her Master's degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, Calif. She obtained her Certificate in Diversity Management in Health Care (CDM) from Institute for Diversity in Healthcare and Georgetown University.