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


Hina Arif-Tiwari, MD, FSAR & Laura Lee, MD, co-Chairs
Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee
  • Tammie Anderson
  • Janet Black
  • Chris Brunson, MD
  • Tyson Chadaz, MD
  • Alan Chiang, MD
  • Dallin Christensen, DO
  • Michelle Faull
  • Jennifer Fischahs
  • Aubrey Frazzitta, MD
  • Dorothy Gilbertson, MD
  • Andrew Karellas, PhD
  • Terry Matsunaga, PhD
  • Austin Pickrell, MD
  • Melissa Ruiz
  • Bital Savir-Baruch, MD
  • 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 tocreate/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 Location

HRD Corps Radiology Capacity Develoment - Assessment Tour: Malawi, Africa

Berndt Schmit, MD, MBOA 9/14/22
12 Noon - 1 pm
Health Equity Grand Rounds Dallin Christensen, DO 5/18/22 COM-2117
Spark Lecture - Implicit Bias in Medicine Jabraan Pasha, MD 5/11/22 ONLINE
Confronting Bias Bystander Training Michelle Ortiz, PhD 3/25/22 COM-2117
Healthcare Price Transparency: Applications and Challenges Gelareh Sadigh, MD 3/18/21 COM-2117
Microaggressions Michelle Ortiz, PhD 8/04/21 ONLINE
Implicic Bias & Interviews Victoria Murrain, DO 5/19/21 ONLINE

DEI Credit Requirements

Scheduled COM-T DEI Events


Diversity in Medicine Visiting Student Scholarships

Medical Imaging, in conjunction with the College of Medicine-Tucson and Banner, offers annual scholarships for out of state 4th-year Under Represented in Medicine (URiM) medical students interested in our general radiology elective.

The DIversity Equity and Inclusion Committee has had the pleasure of recognizing two outstanding recipients to date for the 2022-23 and 2021-22 academic years.

Future opportunities will be posted soon.  

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.

Other DMI Committees


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