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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

Raquel Givens, Accreditation Director

The elements of diversity that I represent are Women of Color, Latinas, and Mexican-Americans. These identites afford me perspectives that represent those of our larger Tucson community that include prospective student, faculty and staff.

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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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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

Understanding Bias and Strategies to Mitigate it

DEI Event: Understanding Bias and Strategies to Mitigate it Speaker: Earl Lee, Senior Director Inclusive Learning, Engagement & Leadership ...

Spark Lecture: Ageism in 2022: Why Does it Matter?

Speaker: Marianne Klugheit, MD Hosted by: Department of Psychiatry  Learning Objectives: Why does ageism matter? Social/economic/medical results of...

Spark Lecture: Advancing Health Equity Through Culturally Specific Tobacco Interventions

Speaker: Monica Webb Hooper, PhD  Hosted by: Department of Psychiatry  Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to define health disparities...

Spark Lecture: Health Care Disparities

Speaker: Dr. John Ruiz PhD  Associate Professor-Clinical, Director-Social Risk and Resilience Factors (SuRRF) Lab, Director-Health Psychology Track,...

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.