“The College of Medicine has a long history of commitment to diversity and values differences that contribute to the achievement of our research, education, clinical and service missions. This new position elevates diversity and inclusion as important strategic priorities for the college as we seek to effectively address the health-care needs of the increasingly diverse populations of Arizona and the nation,” says Steve Goldschmid, MD, dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.
“Dr. Moreno’s accomplishments as a faculty member and as our representative to the American Association of Medical Colleges Group on Diversity and Inclusion make him a valuable addition to our leadership team. His guidance will help us promote a collaborative climate that recognizes and rewards diversity and encourages the full participation of everyone. Diversity and inclusion are the tools that will shape our achievement of excellence.”
As chief diversity office for the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, Dr. Moreno will lead the college’s many existing diversity and inclusion efforts for students, residents, faculty and staff, coordinating and evaluating programs in a larger, integrated initiative. In addition to overseeing the UA College of Medicine Office of Inclusive Excellence & Community Engagement
and Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence
, he will work with the offices of admissions, student affairs, student development, graduate medical education and faculty affairs to attract diverse students, residents and faculty; provide opportunities for success; and foster a culture of inclusion and collaboration. In addition, working with The University of Arizona Health Network and the UA, he will help develop the college’s diversity and inclusion policies and strategies in support of the College of Medicine’s mission of improving health and health care for all Arizonans.
“Diversity is an important priority that must permeate all aspects of the College of Medicine,” says Dr. Moreno. “My goal is to continue to build a culture in which each College of Medicine program, committee and office that involves leaders, staff, faculty or students embraces and champions diversity.”
About Dr. Moreno
Francisco A. Moreno, MD
, is professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. He also has served as executive vice chair, interim department head and as director for inpatient, outpatient, residency and research programs in the Department of Psychiatry
. He has a special interest in working with the underserved and has established clinical, educational and research collaborations to decrease the gap of mental health services for immigrants in Arizona.
Dr. Moreno has served since 2009 as institutional representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI). In 2010, he was elected Western Region Representative of the AAMC GDI. He also served as a member of the first elected GDI National Steering Committee from 2010 to 2012. In this capacity, he helped identify strategic priorities for diversity, inclusion and equity applicable to all AAMC U.S. and Canadian member colleges.
A UA faculty member since 1997, Dr. Moreno has served in a variety of roles at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson related to academic administration; undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education; faculty development; promotion; research compliance; resource utilization; and community advocacy. He is a former chairman of the Faculty Diversity Advisory Committee at the UA College of Medicine.
Originally from Mexico, Dr. Moreno received his medical degree from the University of Baja California, then completed his psychiatry residency and research fellowship training in neuropsychopharmacology at the UA. He has conducted extensive research in the biology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. An expert psychopharmacologist, he is involved in clinical, educational and consultative activities in this area.
UA College of Medicine Diversity Statement
The UA College of Medicine is privileged to be located in Arizona, a land of rich cultural traditions and heritage. Respect for diversity, defined with regard to race, ethnicity, culture, physical abilities, talents, language, spiritual practices, sexual orientation, gender identity and life experiences, is essential to the successful attainment of our mission to promote health and improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease for all the people of Arizona and beyond, through education, research and patient care.
The UA College of Medicine expresses its commitment to diversity by:
· Educating, training and employing diverse faculty, staff and student body
· Fostering the development of personal attributes in its employees and students that are necessary to achieve its mission
· Encouraging and supporting culturally relevant scholarly activities that acknowledge and respect systems of healing that emerge from different traditions, and
· Providing a culturally competent, inclusive and respectful environment.
This commitment to diversity enables us to provide state of the art education, deliver the highest quality health care, critically address health care inequities, and perform leading edge research to benefit all our communities.