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LaTanya Jones Love, MD

LaTanya Jones Love, MD

Executive Vice President for Student Affairs and Diversity UTHealth Houston

Dean of Education
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
McGovern Medical School
at UTHealth Houston

Ex officio

Diversity Champions

Lisa D Cain, PhD

Lisa D Cain, PhD

Associate Dean for Professional Development and Faculty Affairs
Professor, Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences
UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry

Amy Franklin, PhD

Amy Franklin, PhD

Associate Dean for Student, Faculty, and Community Affairs
Associate Professor
UTHealth Houston School of Biomedical Informatics

Elda Ramriez, PhD, RN, FNP-C, FAANP

Elda Ramirez, PhD, RN

Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Professor, Department of Graduate Studies
Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston

Cherilynn R Shadding, PhD

Cherilynn R Shadding, PhD

Associate Dean of Diversity, Career Development, and Alumni Affairs
MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Melissa Valerio- Shewmaker, PhD

Melissa Valerio-Shewmaker, PhD

Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, Development and Diversity
Associate Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences
UTHealth School of Public Health, Brownsville campus

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council

After a series of tragic socio-political events across the country in the summer of 2020, UTHealth Houston administration, faculty, and learners joined together to ensure the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts of our university are congruent with our mission. On July 10, 2020, the first meeting of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force convened with diversity champions including students, faculty, and staff from each of our six schools, plus representatives from University Classified Staff Council, Interfaculty Council, Student InterCouncil, and central administration. The first objective for the student, faculty, and administration subcommittees was to develop DEI recommendations. Less than three months later, task force members presented a total of nine recommendations to UTHealth Houston President Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, MD, who strongly encouraged the task force to become a standing committee. Through consensus, the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force was renamed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council and voted Elda Ramirez, PhD, RN, as the council’s first chair and Elaheh Ashtari, PsyD, as chair elect.

Council Members: Schools

Council Members: Other

Elaheh Ashtari, PsyD Interfaculty Council, Chair Elect
Lexus Bradford University Classified Staff Council
Meredith E. Raine Central Administration
Rachel Pham Student InterCouncil