Dr. Hector P. Garcia
Cultural Competence Award

Hector P. Garcia The Hector P. Garcia Committee solicits applications from UTMB students for the Hector P. Garcia, M.D. Cultural Competence Award.

The award celebrates Dr. Garcia, a distinguished School of Medicine Class of 1940 alumnus and civil right champion, and recognizes a student who demonstrates commitment to providing quality health care to all by incorporating cultural knowledge and skills in his or her service to others.

All full-time UTMB students are eligible to submit essays for the award. You can read about Dr. Garcia at the UTMB Hector P. Garcia web page at http://www.utmb.edu/drgarcia/.

Submit all materials no later than noon on Friday, September 7, 2012 here.

All applicants must:

  • be in good academic standing.
  • have demonstrated committment to personal and professional development of cultural competency skills,
  • have demonstrated leadership and service in cross-cultural activites
  • be enrolled as a full-time UTMB student, and
  • submit a written essay (1,500 words or less).


Students must submit the following materials to be considered for the Hector P. Garcia, M.D. Cultural Competence Award:

  • A cover letter declaring the student's interest in being considered for the award and providing information on the student's leadership and service on cross-cultural activities.
  • An essay expressing the student's understanding of cultural competence as it relates to his or her ability to work with, conduct research with or treat people from diverse cultures. Students may write about their own personal experiences and the ways in which their understanding, attitudes and skills relative to cross-cultural issues have evolved. Essays should be typed double-spaced with 1.5" margins and should be 1,500 words or less.
    • Submit an essay online here.
    • Applicants should not inlcude their names on their essays, only on the cover letter. Essay submissions will be evaluated in a "blind review" process.


Essays will be judged by members of the Hector P. Garcia Committee. The judges will evaluate the writer's personal understanding of cultural competence and how he or she applies it in the delivery of quality health care.


Committee Members:

Henry Cavazos, J.D.
Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
School of Health Professions

Ernestine Cuellar, R.N., Ph.D., CNS, B.C., WHCNP, B.C.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions
School of Nursing

Norma Perez, M.D., Dr.P.H.
Director, Hispanic Center of Excellence
Director, Bilingual Health Track
Office of Student Affairs and Admissions
School of Medicine

Rebecca Saavedra, Ed.D.
Vice President for Strategic Management

Adeola Oduwole, M.Sc.
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Office of Diversity and Inclusion


  • Office of the President
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion

For more information about the award or diversity programs at UTMB, contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at (409) 747-2342 or diversity.equity@utmb.edu.



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