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Diversity, Equity & Inclusionat UTMB Health

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UTMB will be the gold standard in evidence-based, strategic diversity management in health care and health education


Office of Diversity and Inclusion
To infuse inclusion and excellence into the core aspects of the institution's mission work through thought leadership, consulting and service delivery.

Diversity Council
To work together to harness the broad spectrum of ideas, experiences and voices that characterize the UTMB community.


  • Inclusion – We promote active, intentional and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, curriculum, research and the communities we serve.
  • Excellence – Whatever we do, we will do it to the best of our ability and set the standards.
  • Learning – We embrace creativity, personal growth and new knowledge.
  • Collaboration – We will work together to realize shared goals and objectives.


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Diversity Council

The Diversity Council represents the cornerstone of the diversity and inclusion process. The council is a chartered committee responsible for leading and supporting programs and practices that reinforce the goals outlined in the Diversity and Inclusion strategic plan. Its mission is to work together to harness the broad spectrum of ideas, experiences and voices that characterize the UTMB community.

  • The Diversity Council is an institutional think-tank that provides oversight and implementation accountability for the various aspects of UTMB's diversity and inclusion strategic plan. Council members are representational thought leaders who drive the institution’s efforts based on a clear charter and operating with the full and visible support of senior executive leadership.

    The council is organized into four subcommittees that mirror UTMB's operational structure. Each subcommittee is led by two co-chairs and council members who serve a one- to three-year term.

    Co-chairs work to lead the assigned scope of work within the current fiscal year term. Each co-chair may be appointed for a one- or two-year term and may be re-appointed for up to three yearly terms. Terms begin, once appointed, at the beginning of each fiscal year. Throughout the term, the chairs will work with the subcommittee to provide a progress report to the council and executive leadership liaison, indicating the outcomes of the council term, as well as make recommendations for future programs and initiatives for consideration.

  • Diversity Council

    • Adcox, Kenith

      Kenith Adcox
      UTMB Police
    • Adebayo, Aishat

      Aishat Adebayo
    • Ajong, Dorine

      Dorine Ajong
      VL Med/Surg Nursing Unit
    • Armstead, Amber

      Amber Armstead
      Occupational Therapy
    • Asonganyi, Zinkeng

      Zinkeng Asonganyi
      VL Pharmacy
    • Baloch, Bisma

      Bisma Baloch
      School of Medicine, Student
    • Barnett, Jennifer

      Jennifer Barnett 
      School of Nursing
      Asst Professor -  NTT Nursing
    • Bhavnani, Suresh

      Suresh Bhavnani 
      Prev Med & Pop Health
      Biostatistics & Data Science
    • Bloodworth, Sandra

      Sandra Bloodworth
      VL Surgery – PREOP & PACU

    • Bryant-Bova, Jill

      Jill Bryant-Bova 
      Quality Management
    • Carstens, Cecelia

      Cecelia Carstens 
    • Clark, Monica

      Monica Clark
      Decision Support Analysis
      Nursing Admin - Perioperative
    • Clark, Tilly

      Tilly Clark 
      Office of the President
    • Collins, Creshonda

      Creshonda Collins 
      Family Medicine
    • Collins, Tammie

      Tammie Collins 
      Internal Investigations
    • Covington, Cleavon

      Cleavon Covington
      Pediatric Immunology-Allergy
    • Dial, Megan

      Megan Dial 
      School of Health Professions, Student
    • Efejuku, Tsola

      Tsola Efejuku
      School of Medicine, Student
    • Enderle, Janet

      Janet Enderle
      Clinical Laboratory Sciences
      School of Health Professions
    • Everling, Kathleen

      Kathleen Everling
      Educational Development
      School of Medicine
    • Flandes, Ximena

      Ximena Flandes
      Grad School Biomedical Science, Student
    • Giannotti, Geraldine

      Geraldine Giannotti
      EHS – Institutional Compliance
      EHS - General Safety & Fire Prev
    • Goodridge, Catherine

      Catherine Goodridge
      Surgical Pathology Division
    • Gross, Karen

      Karen Gross
      Supply Chain
    • Gutierrez, Lizette

      Lizette Gutierrez
      School of Medicine, Student
    • Hansen, Saba

      Saba Hansen 
      Victory Lakes – Nuclear Medicine
    • Higganbotham, Manuel

      Manuel Higganbotham
      Patient Services
    • Jackson, Grayson

      Grayson Jackson
      School of Medicine, Student
    • Jeon, Dayoung

      Dayoung Jeon
      School of Medicine, Student
    • Kizer, Eva

      Eva Kizer
      IS-Business Intelligence
    • Kudrath, Farah

      Farah Kudrath
      Psych/Behavioral Sciences HS
    • Le, Kim

      Kim Le 
      IS-Clin EHR Support
    • Lewis, Tonette

      Tonette Lewis
      UTMB Cancer Center – Dickinson
      School of Nursing
    • Lowery, Lolita

      Lolita Lowery
      CHDP Int Med Specialties Clinic
    • Martinez, Annette

      Annette Martinez
      Psychiatry/Behavioral Science
      Revenue Cycle Coding
    • Mayes, Soshe

      Soshe Mayes
      Stringfellow Unit (R2)
    • McCowan, Jayco

      Jayco McCowan
      Inst Ofc Reg Nonclinical Studies
    • Milburn, Ricshonda

      Ricshonda Milburn
      OB/GYN URO Gynecology
    • Moreno, Victor

      Victor Moreno
      Provost Administration
    • Moses, Brian

      Brian Moses
      Environmental Services
    • Nealy, Kirk

      Kirk Nealy
      Provost Administration
    • Nkansah, Meagan

      Meagan Nkansah
      Grad School Biomedical Science, Student
      School of Public and Population Health
    • Ojo, Olubenga

      Olubenga Ojo
      Internal Medicine
    • Parks, Savannah

      Savannah Parks
      Patient Resource Center
      Nursing Program Development
    • Patel, Premal

      Premal Patel
      Internal Medicine – General Medicine
    • Perez Magana, Mayra

      Mayra Perez Magana
      International Affairs Office
    • Richard, Crystalyn

      Crystalyn Richard
      Physical Therapy
    • Rojas, Jose

      Jose Rojas 
      Respiratory Care
      School of Health Professions
    • Samper Ternent, Rafael

      Rafael Samper Ternent
      Internal Medicine – Geriatrics
    • Scott, Nobie

      Nobie Scott
      Telford Unit
    • Serag, Hani

      Hani Serag
      Center Eliminate Health Disparities
    • Stephens, Alexander

      Alexander Stephens
      Community Representative
    • Stewart, Kelly

      Kelly Stewart
      Lychner Unit
    • Vakil, Haris

      Haris Vakil
      Family Medicine – Residency Train
    • Vaughn, Kimberly

      Kimberly Vaughn
      UTMB Police
    • Villarreal, Sarah

      Sarah Villarreal
      Ob-Gyn Gynecology
    • Walker, Richard

      Richard Walker
      Quality Management

    • West, Cindy

      Cindy West
      School of Nursing, DNP Program
    • White, Mellodee

      Mellodee White
      Pedi Vaccinology Research

    • Wilson, Alexandria

      Alexandria Wilson
      School of Health Professions, Student

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