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At UACOM-T, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion holds a pivotal role in creating a climate where diversity is recognized as a primary ingredient in the mastery of innovation and excellence in patient care.

Celia Valenzuela, MD

Interim Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, 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

Allie Min, Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine - (Educator Scholar Track) Assistant Dean, Faculty Development

I am a first generation Korean - my parents immigrated from Korea to provide more opportunities for their family. As a woman in academic medicine leadership, I believe I have the perspective of a new leader navigating my career, dealing with imposter syndrome and insecurites.

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Violet Perez Siwik, MD

I grew up in a large Hispanic family who faced socioeconomic, educational and health disparities. From these barriers I have gained strength in advocating for others in similar situations and ensuring that I emphasize a si se puede perspective to those who face obstacles of feeling less than or onliness.

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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 Credit-Eligible Events

ZOOM Panel Discussion: Breaking Down Barriers: Exploring the Impact and Achievements of Women in Science

HSIB 306 -or- ZOOM  1 DEI Credit Eligible Speaker: Dr. Holly Ingraham  Hosted by: Hina Afir, MD, FSAR, Alicia M. Allen, PhD, MPH, Jennifer S Carew,...

Spark Lecture: OBGYN Care for the Muslim Patient

ZOOM link 1 DEI Credit Eligible Speaker: Sarrah Shahawy, MD, MPH Hosted by: Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion   Learning Objectives:  At the...

Spark Lecture: Heritage Healing Chinese Herbalism as American Medicine: A History of Chinese Doctors in the United States

In this 1 hour DEI Credit Spark Lecture, Professor Tamara Venit-Shelton, Ph.D., will discuss portions of her recent book, Herbs and Roots: A History...

DEI Training: Minding Health Inequities Through Culturally Humble Care

ZOOM     1 DEI Credit Eligible Speaker: Celia Valenzuela, MD Hosted by: Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion  Learning Objectives: In this...

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.