The David Geffen School of Medicine Office of Equity and Diversity Inclusion expanded in July 2018 with the addition of two Assistant Deans, Dr. Kathleen Brown and Dr. Valencia Walker. The office plays an essential role in promoting and sustaining and inclusive environment within the DGSOM community. We encourage diversity of our students, trainees, staff, and faculty. We believe diversity celebrates the richness of our individual identities, such as gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, language, religion, and abilities. We achieve excellence by sharing diverse thoughts and opinions that help eradicate barriers for success, expands research goals, and improves patient care.
The Office of Equity and Diversity Inclusion works directly with the Dean of DGSOM and Vice Chancellor of UCLA Health to discuss strategies and develop proactive solutions. We collaborate with the Vice Dean for Education and assist in reviewing current policies and procedures to achieve safe and respectful learning environments. Through partnership with the Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, we help ensure compliance with relevant academic policies and procedures. We also advocate for enhanced mentorship of junior faculty, senior fellows and postdoctoral scholars. Together with the Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, we seek to develop and implement new strategies for enhancing the trajectories of individuals pursuing careers in the sciences. We support the Vice Dean for Research in promoting practices that expand diversity and inclusion. We also recognize the critical importance of relationships with physician trainees in all programs. We align ourselves with the charge of the Cultural North Star and strive to “Make Things Better” for everyone at DGSOM UCLA.
We welcome new ideas and broad participation to enhance the culture and climate at DGSOM UCLA. Please contact us with your thoughts, suggestions, and availability to work together with us.
Lynn Gordon, MD, PhD Senior Associate Dean Equity and Diversity Inclusion
Kathleen Brown, MD Assistant Dean Equity and Diversity Inclusion
Valencia Walker, MD, MPH Assistant Dean Equity and Diversity Inclusion
Isadora Avendaño Assistant to the Dean Equity and Diversity Inclusion
Melanie Bonilla Program Coordinator Equity and Diversity Inclusion