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UCLA Pediatric Faculty Committee on Diversity



The mission of the Pediatric Faculty Diversity Committee is to promote a culture of inclusion and appreciation for diversity across multiple areas, including race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and gender in order to enhance patient care, teaching, and research within the Division of Pediatrics.


1. To promote recruitment, retention, professional excellence, and overall well-being among underrepresented residents, fellows, and faculty. To meet this objective we will:

  • Strengthen existing mentoring programs for junior and mid-career faculty to enhance retention, professional growth, and academic success in teaching, research, and patient care
  • Support our residency and fellowship programs in the recruitment of diverse trainees
  • Establish and support a pipeline from premedical and medical students of diverse backgrounds into our residency and fellowship programs

2. To enhance departmental cultural awareness and sensitivity to enrich the services we provide to the diverse communities represented by our patients. To meet this objective we will:

  • Ensure that patient care is equitable and inclusive for patients and families with diverse backgrounds.

Our current goals and activities:

1. Enhance the Department's mentoring programs for junior and mid-level faculty

2. Support our pediatric residency and fellowship programs in recruiting applicants

3. Provide resident and fellow training opportunities and promote discussion on cultural awareness and sensitivity

4. Invite national experts on diversity and cultural awareness and sensitivity to Pediatric Grand Rounds Conferences

5. Utilize opportunities at national meetings, and from UCLA pediatric clinical rotations to expand outreach to and recruitment of students from other medical schools

6. Develop a faculty curriculum and offer training opportunities to teach cultural awareness and sensitivity with fellows, residents, and students

Visiting Elective Scholarship Program

We are currently accepting applications for our Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP), which provides financial support to senior U.S. medical students who are traditionally underrepresented in medicine, and who are interested in applying to UCLA for a senior clinical elective."

Committee Members

Pictured above left to right: Valencia Walker, Alma Guerrero, Josephine Isabel-Jones, Kate Perkins, Tumaini Coker, and Robert Morris

Josephine Isabel-Jones (chair)

(in alphabetical order)

Michelle Aguilar

Jacqueline Casillas

Tumaini Coker

Alma Guerrero

Thomas Klitzner

Alice Kuo

Robert Morris

Sande Okelo

Kate Perkins

Lynn Ramirez

Gavin Roach

E. Richard Stiehm

Valencia Walker


Contact us for more information:

Madeline Verzola