DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION AT UTHEALTH SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Creating a world of health without boundaries begins by setting the standard for diversity, equity and inclusion in education and research.
Challenging a one-size-fits-all approach to public health
As the largest school of public health in Texas, founded in 1967, we continually seek to promote learning environments that represent the diverse communities we serve. The cultural, geographic, and economic variations within the state of Texas lends itself to such opportunities, and heavily influences our curriculum, research, and impact.
We are committed to supporting and fulfilling the need for diversity, equity, and accountability within our institution, partner communities, and beyond. We continually seek to recruit, retain, and represent historically underrepresented groups at each campus, and within our research. Our faculty members, leadership, and staff recognize and celebrate the many faces that make up UTHealth School of Public Health.
Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, Development and Diversity, Melissa Valerio-Shewmaker, PhD
"I am honored to serve as the school’s diversity, equity, and inclusion associate dean, and remain committed to our efforts to facilitate ongoing programing, education, and research to represent and benefit underrepresented communities and focus on inclusivity. The UTHealth SPH work influences the communities we serve and the future generation of public health professionals. It is essential that we embrace and continue the progression of acceptance, inclusion, tolerance, and appreciation of others to promote health equity and social justice."
Kymberle Sterling, Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, IDEA Committee Chair
"Texas is one of the country’s most diverse states in the U.S.. As such, we are proud to have a strong mix of intelligent and determined individuals who continually advance the field of public health, no matter their background. In addition to advancing the academic careers of our students, UTHealth School of Public Health remains steadfast in creating an impact within the communities we serve, and beyond."
DrPH Candidate, Gaby Fernandez Reflects on her Journey to Public Health