Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Our Commitment

The Department of Medical Imaging celebrates our University’s greatest asset of diversity and champions an inclusive climate. We understand that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advance innovation, critical thinking and complex problem solving. We are committed to raising awareness of health care disparities, marginalized individuals and populations and inspiring action towards equity.

DEI Committee


DEI Committee
  • Hina Arif-Tiwari, MD
  • Janet Black
  • Tyson Chadaz, MD
  • Alan Chiang, MD
  • Dallin Christensen, DO
  • Michele Dalmendray
  • Michelle Faull
  • Jennifer Fischahs
  • Dorothy Gilbertson, MD
  • Terry Matsunaga, PhD
  • Stefano Natali, DO
  • Austin Pickrell, MD
  • Melissa Ruiz
  • Bital Savir-Baruch, MD
  • Rami Sulaiman, MD - Diversity Champion
  • David Supeck, MD
  • Maria Telles, PhD


In Our Own Words

"Educating and practicing inclusion and equity consciousness will help us strive toward cultural and gender equity helping us take another step forward."

- Maria Telles, PhD

“Health care and medical training knows no boundaries.  It should be available equally to all, regardless of background, belief or orientation."  

- Alan Chiang, MD

"It is very important to us to create/facilitate a safe environment where everyone can feel welcomed, heard, and understood while combining and encouraging diverse perspectives and experiences to ameliorate our work, educational, patient, and social experiences."

- Tyson Chadaz, MD

“From my perspective, diversity, equity, and inclusion can afford more opportunities for those with developmental disabilities to be integrated into the mainstream of our society.  Those citizens can contribute so much to the growth and advancement of our workforce if only given the opportunity to succeed.”

- Terry Matsunaga, PhD


DEI Training, Lectures and Grand Rounds       

  Title Presenter Date
Bias, Beyond the Implicit Celia Valenzuela, MD 01/10/2024
Supporting Underrepresented Persons in Radiology Sarah Placek, DO 11/08/23
The "Pan-Scan" of Border Trauma Dallin Christensen, DO & Stefano Natali, DO 5/17/23
Mending Health Inequities Through Culturally Humble Care Celia Valenzuela, MD 5/10/23
Inclusive Websites Christina Renteria, MEd 3/8/23
 Unconscious Bias for Search Committees Kathryn Glas, MD 1/11/23
HRD Corps Radiology Capacity Development: Malawi, Africa Berndt Schmit, MD, MBOA 9/14/22
12 Noon - 1 pm
Health Equity Grand Rounds Dallin Christensen, DO 5/18/22
Spark Lecture - Implicit Bias in Medicine Jabraan Pasha, MD 5/11/22
Confronting Bias Bystander Training Michelle Ortiz, PhD 3/25/22
Healthcare Price Transparency: Applications and Challenges Gelareh Sadigh, MD 3/18/21
Microaggressions Michelle Ortiz, PhD 8/04/21
Implicit Bias & Interviews Victoria Murrain, DO 5/19/21



DEI Scholarship 

Medical Imaging, in conjunction with the College of Medicine-Tucson and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, offers an annual scholarship for out of state 4th-year medical students interested in our general radiology elective. The MI Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee has had the pleasure of recognizing four outstanding recipients since the program inception.


Thank you to all of the incredible applicants. News of the 2024-2025 scholarship award will be announced soon!

See the ODEI Visiting Student Scholarship page for more information. 

Online Resources

Campus Resources

  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion engages with campus partners and students in support of the institutional goal to make diversity and inclusiveness a habit that is implemented and practiced by everyone consistency throughout the University.

  • The Office of Institutional Equity supports all students, faculty and staff by upholding our institution’s  Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy and responding to reports  of discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence,  relationship violence, gender discrimination, and stalking. This office is your best first stop for any questions or concerns related to discrimination, harassment or retaliation.

  • Human Resources Consulting and Employee Advising work with supervisors and employees, respectively, to foster a positive and effective workplace for all. They are excellent resources for workplace concerns that are not related to protected category status as set forth in the Nondiscrimination and Anti-harassment Policy. 

  • The Bias Education and Support Team (BEST) is a resource for all members of the University community who believe they have experienced or been made aware of a bias-related incident that would not constitute a violation of the Nondiscrimination and Anti-harassment Policy, but for which they would like to seek support  and/or facilitate educational opportunities for themselves or others.

  • The Disability Resource Center leads the University in a progressive and proactive approach to campus accessibility. Its goal is to ensure that disabled employees, students, and visitors have a similar, if not identical, experience to that of their non-disabled counterparts.


The DMI Diversity Equity and Inclusion committee proudly collaborates with the College of Medicine - Tucson Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion