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The University of New Mexico Health Science Center's Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is here to serve the needs of students, faculty, staff, and community members. Our staff is committed to increasing and supporting a diverse health workforce for our state.

Diversity Matters in Health Care

When workplace diversity and awareness of health inequities increases, health and well-being of all New Mexicans also increases. To meet these goals, the Office for Diversity provides educational support to students and professionals in health. Read about the Office's mission and vision.

Meet our Team


Valerie Romero-Leggott, MD
Vice Chancellor for Diversity

Brenda Pereda MD, MS
SOM Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Felisha Rohan-Minjares, MD
Cultural Competency Co-Director

Jessica Goodkind, PhD
Cultural Competence Co-Director

Martha Muller, MD
Leadership Director

Cameron Crandall, MD, PhD
Director for LGBT Health Equity & Inclusion

Melissa Gonzales, PhD
HSC Director for Evaluation and Research for the Diversity and Inclusion

Karissa Culbreath, PhD
Director, Building Outstanding STEM-H Students Program (BOSS)

Alisha Parada, MD
Vice Chair of Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Internal Medicine

Lindsay Smart, PhD
Director of Leadership

Administrative Staff

Laura Arguelles
Analysist/ Programmer III

Stacy Collier, MA
Program Specialist

Erin Garcia, JD
Program Specialist STEM-H Center

Karen Kinsman, MS
Director/ Sr. Program Manager STEM-H Center

Teresa Madrid, MPH
Program Specialist

Diana Martinez, MPH
Program Manager

Sean McDougle, MBA
Executive Assistant

Luis Carlos Muñoz
Student Program Specialist

Octavio Munoz, BBA
Program Specialist

Nathan Ortiz
Program Coordinator

Daniel Pate
Program Specialist

Steven J. Romero
Director of Operations

Rosa Samudio
Program Coordinator

Gloria Sands
Program Coordinator

 Contact Us

Find out how the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion can help you succeed as a faculty member, staffer or student. Call 505-272-2728 or email us today.