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The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion welcomes you!

At the University College of Medicine - Tucson, we believe that Inclusive Excellence is fundamental to the advancement of science and education, an equitable work environment, and for providing the best care possible to our patients and their families. We consider a wide range of life experiences as part of diversity, including rural heritage, economic background, sexual orientation, age, disability and ability, and culture and belief systems. We support the active recruitment, training, and retention of a medical and research workforce that reflects the demographics of Arizona and is prepared to meet the academic, research, and clinical care needs of diverse communities within our state and beyond. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) seeks to engage all students, residents, fellows, faculty, and staff in creating a robust, innovative academic environment that welcomes, celebrates, and supports everyone. ODEI collaborates with administrative units throughout the College of Medicine - Tucson, including Admissions, Student Affairs, Medical Student Education, Graduate Medical Education, and Faculty Affairs as well as multiple affinity groups to meet the needs of our constituents and build the pipeline into health-related careers.

Whether you are a visitor, alumni, prospective or current student, resident/fellow, faculty, or staff, we invite you to take a closer look at our institution. You will find a group committed to enhancing the climate to produce professionals who are prepared to address the healthcare needs of our community through patient care and research.


Celia Valenzuela, MD

Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson


Spotlight on Diversity

Individual Profiles

Dr Irving Kron, Senior Associate Vice President of UA Health Sciences

I am from an underprivileged background despite my appearance. I get economic issues and how they affect ones education.

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Irving Kron, MD

Anita Koshy, MD

In my department, being a basic scientist influences how I think about patient and clinical studies and data. I have been well-trained/mentored in those aspects and I am a reasonable communicator.

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Ricardo Ayala, Medical Student

I am very proud to be a first-generation American who is maximizing the resources, opportunities and freedoms that this great nation offers. I proudly represent Mexican-Americans as an under-represented minority in the healthcare field. Lastly, I bring the perspective of a former salesman, a husband, a father and the attitude that all dreams can be achieved if willing to work hard for it without ever giving up.

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Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to your department?

The Department serves a very diverse undergraduate and graduate student population.  Many Physiology and Medical Science majors are first in the family college attendees. 

Working with diverse and underserved populations has been a key tenet of our residency program since the early 1970s. In the past decade, we have refined our understanding of diversity and inclusion and continue to grow in this understanding and our actions to live out this core value.

Upcoming ODEI Events

Shared Shelf Book Club Meeting

Meeting on Monday, July 15, at 6:30 pm to discuss the entire book of Caste: The Origins of our Discontents. For the full schedule, see here: https://...

Shared Shelf Book Club Meeting

Meeting on Monday, August 19, at 6:30 pm to discuss the film Origin. For the full schedule, see here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/...

Shared Shelf Book Club Meeting

Meeting on Monday, September 16, at 6:30 pm to discuss the entire book Sustaining Spirit. For the full schedule, see here: https://docs.google.com/...

ANAMS Student Video Project: Pass The Stethoscope!

In honor of Native American Heritage Month (November 2020), our office worked with COMT students, faculty and residents from ANAMS (Association of Native American Medical Students) to complete a video project on #passthestethoscope.