Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee has the responsibility to advise and assist the Associate Dean for Diversity in developing, updating and supporting policies and programs that advance diversity and inclusion related to the School of Medicine faculty, staff, students and other trainees, and in particular, with regard to recruitment, hiring, retention and promotion.

Appointment: Members are appointed for terms of three years on a staggered schedule with one-third of the committee completing a term of service each year. The Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs serves as chair of the Diversity Committee.

Membership: The membership of the committee includes six faculty members- appointed by the Dean on the recommendation of the Committee on Committees as outlined in Article VI, Section 6.2.9., two residents and two student members, elected by their student peers. Nomination and selection will include consideration of needs for equitable representation. Additional individuals from the UTRGV community who can contribute to the committee's efforts may be appointed as non-voting members. These additional non-voting members are recommended by the committee, with formal appointment at the discretion of the Dean of Medicine.

Faculty

Name Title
Adela Valdez, M.D., MBA Diversity Committee Chair
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Interim Dean of Diversity
Adrian Sandoval, Pharm. D. Clinical Assistant Professor, Family and Preventive Medicine
Ann McCracken, M.D. Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery
Benxu Cheng, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Research, Biomedical Sciences
Shivani Maffi, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Research, Biomedical Sciences
Yolanda Gomez, M.D. Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Studies, DIO

Students

Name Year
Fabiola Valenzuela 2021
David Ortiz 2020

Residents

Name
Diego Moreno, M.D
James Fahey, M.D

Working Committee - Guest

Name Title
Hassan Ahmad, Ph.D. Professor Chemistry
Previous Director of Medical Pipeline Program, A PRIME TIME
Rachel Berget, M. ED. Director of Medical Education and Academic Affairs
Marie Mora, Ph.D. Faculty Associate for Faculty Success and Diversity
Interim Co-Champion, Chancellor’s Network for Women’s Leadership



Faculty

Name Title
Adela Valdez, M.D., MBA Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Adrian Sandoval, M.D. Assistant Professor of Clinical, Family and Preventive Medicine
Ann McCracken, M.D.  
Beatriz Tapia, MD,MPH, CPH Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, Faculty Affairs
Benxu Cheng, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Research, Biomedical Sciences
Hassan Ahmad, Ph.D. Professor Chemistry
Kristina Stillsmoking, Ph.D. Director of Clinical Simulation, Education and Academic Affairs
Lydia Aguilera, Pharm. D. Clinical Associate Professor Cooperative Pharmacy
Melba Sanchez Associate Dean for SOM Finance and Administration
Shirley Wells, DrPh Chair and Associate Professor Occupational Therapy Program
Shivani Maffi, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Research, Biomedical Sciences
Sudershan Pasupuleti, Ph.D Chair/Professor Department of Social Work

Guests

Name Title
Yolanda Gomez, M.D. Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
Robert Nelson, Jr., M.D., M.S Sr. Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Innovation
Ala Qubbaj, Ph. D Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity