Message from Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Dr. Romero-Leggott

"Diversity is an evolving concept that emphasizes inclusion and respect of individuals and groups from different racial, cultural, cognitive, linguistic, ethnic, geographic, gender, and socio-economic backgrounds. Diversity as a core value seeks to cultivate better outcomes through the use of different collective narratives and histories, heuristics, perspectives, world-views, and belief systems."

The HSC's commitment to addressing health and educational disparities is evidenced by the creation of HSC-wide Office of Diversity (OoD). The OoD is responsible for a full panoply of programs addressing faculty diversity, linguistic and cultural competence, K-20 educational pipeline, research data and analyses, family involvement/community engagement, and leadership on issues of inclusion and equity.

The Vice Chancellor for Diversity (VCD) oversees the HSC Office for Diversity and provides leadership to conceptualize, define, develop, assess, nurture and cultivate diversity, inclusion, and health equity as both an HSC and UNM Health System institutional identity and resource resulting in widespread educational benefits and measurable health and healthcare value.

News and Events

3rd Annual Health Sciences Career Day: Register Now!

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The UNM Health Sciences Center (HSC) Recruitment, Retention, & Outreach Committee (RROC) is excited to host the 3rd Annual UNM Health Sciences Career Day on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 8:00am to 4:30pm at the UNM Health Sciences Center for undergraduate students interested in exploring health-related academic programs and careers. The Health Sciences Career Day is a FREE one-day event that gives New Mexico undergraduate students the opportunity to receive information from UNM HSC programs, hear from current HSC students, and participate in hands-on lab activities. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

A Lodging Scholarship - a one-night stay - will also be provided for students traveling from more than 2 hours away. Due to limited funding available, the scholarship is first come, first serve.

For more information about the event and to register on a first come, first serve basis, please visit: https://sites.google.com/site/2014healthsciencescareerday/.

Office for Diversity Opens Summer Program Applications!
The Heath Careers Academy (HCA) is an intense and rewarding six-week non-residential
program held at the Uapply now!niversity of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center (HSC) for current high school freshman, sophomores, and juniors. HCA is designed to help strengthen ACT scores. The program is designed to enhance math, science, language and critical thinking skills. It also aims to stimulate interest in the health professions, especially among underserved and underrepresented populations in New Mexico, and to increase awareness of the urgent need for healthcare workers in our state. HCA will challenge students by balancing a rigorous academic curriculum with service learning, cultural competency, and health career exploration.

For more information and to apply, click here.

The Undergraduate Health Science Enrichment Program (UHSEP) is a six-week academically rigorous, residential program at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center (HSC) that provides an academic learning environment for entering college freshman who are interested in a career as a health care professional. UHSEP was designed to meet the needs of New Mexico by educating youth to become competitive applicants to enter health professional schools. The program will challenge students with a rigorous curriculum in academic, social, and developmental support. UHSEP students are expected to approach the experience with a commitment toward scholarship and career exploration.
For more information and to apply, click here.
Application deadlines extended for HCA & UHSEP: 5:00PM, April 18, 2014 May 3, 2014.

The DAT+ Program is a six-week test preparatory for pre-dental students to become competitive to enter dental school. The program will challenge student achievement balancing a rigorous curriculum with academic, social, and developmental support. DAT+ students are expected to approach the experience with a commitment toward scholarship and exploration.
For more information and to apply, click here.
Application deadline for DAT+: 5:00PM, April 18, 2014.

The MCAT+ Program was designed to provide test preparatory for pre-medical students to become competitive to enter medical school. This six-week academically rigorous program provides an academic learning environment for pre-medical students. Students are expected to approach the experience with a commitment toward scholarship and exploration. The MCAT+ Program is held at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center (HSC).
For more information and to apply, click here.
Application deadline for MCAT+: 5:00PM, May 3, 2014.

The New Mexico Clinical Education Program (ClinEd) is a six-week summer program for pre-professional students who wish to apply to the UNM School of Medicine and are seeking to gain rural clinical experience. The program provides experiences in rural clinical settings by placing students in primary care facilities and community health centers throughout New Mexico. Students shadow clinicians and participate in all aspects that the clinic and the community offer.
For more information and to apply, click here.
Application deadline for ClinEd: 5:00PM, May 3, 2014.

We apologize if you experienced issues with the recommendation form. We have fixed the form and can be accessed here: Updated Recommendation Form.

National News
Kellogg Quantifies The Cost of Racism in the US Across Various Sectors Including Health
The data and comprehensive analysis outlined in this article outline how race, class, residential
segregation, and income levels all work together to hamper access to opportunity. With these proof points in
hand, our partners across the country voice their concerns for vulnerable children and families – to find the
support needed to advance racial healing and racial equity. Click here for full article.

UNM Programs Rank in 2013 Best Schools for Hispanics
The University of New Mexico stands out on HispanicBusiness.com rankings of the top 10 graduate schools in business, law, engineering and medical, as was reported in their September 12, 2013 issue. They report, "A special nod goes out to the University of New Mexico, the only school that made the top 10 in every category. UNM, a staple of the lists since HispanicBusiness started putting them together, always scores high in almost every category, and its programs and efforts to attract and retain Hispanic students are second to none."

Path to United States Practice is Long Slog to Foreign Doctors, is a New York Times featured a page one story on foreign trained physicians seeking to practice in the U.S. and the difficult road they face getting licensed. Click here for full article.

How Will We Treat This Generation’s Henrietta Lacks
Ann Bonham, Ph.D., AAMC Chief Scientific Officer, has posted an essay on the Wing of Zok web site focused on the recent agreement between NIH and the family of Henrietta Lacks on the use of genomic data derived from HeLa cells. Dr. Bonham discussed the renewed public conversation about research consent and dignity, and its potential impact on the health of African-Americans and other minorities. Click here for full article.

Diversity Series 2014

The Diversity Series 2014 is brought to you by the UNM HSC Office of Diversity and the HSC Diversity Mavens to engage the UNM and surrounding communities in meaningful dialogue and critical reflection regarding issues important to a diverse group of people, thinking, and ideas.

Join us for upcoming Diversity Series 2014 to be announced soon.

Faculty of Color Videos
faculty_of_color_videos As many of you know, we have been working for some time on a special project highlighting the stories of many of the faculty of color at UNM HSC. A number of faculty responded to our request to be interviewed for the project and we have been videotaping and editing for several months.

We are delighted with all the interviews and stories and we are certain they will have a tremendous positive impact on students, prospective students, HSC administration, faculty, prospective faculty, staff, residents, community members, post-graduate learners, and others who view them.