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Inclusion and Excellence Council

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At Baylor College of Medicine, we believe that diversity, respect and inclusiveness create the best environment for academic excellence and workplace culture. Our values of respect, integrity, innovation, teamwork and excellence are core to continuing to have a respectful and inclusive environment at Baylor College of Medicine. This also allows us to strengthen our institution by increasing talent, encouraging creativity and ensuring a broader perspective.

In November 2016, a new Inclusion and Excellence Council was announced. Council members are made up of faculty, staff and trainees from throughout the institution. The purpose of the Inclusion and Excellence Council is to establish a body that will support Baylor’s institutional diversity and inclusion goals and serve in an advisory capacity to the Associate Provost of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity who will serve as the Chair of the Council. The Council will work to maximize the engagement of people throughout the Baylor Community who share our passion for inclusion, diversity and equity.

The Inclusion and Excellence Council is comprised of twenty-five voting members including the “Council” Chair, fourteen faculty, at least two administrative staff members, two postdoctoral trainees, two residents and four students. Send your thoughts and suggestions on ways to enhance inclusion and excellence at Baylor by emailing them to institutionaldiversity@bcm.edu.

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Inclusion and Excellence Council Members
Name Position Membership Year Title Department
Toi Harris, M.D. Chair 2019-2021 Associate Provost of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity & Student and Trainee Services Office of the Provost
Katherine Holtman, B.S. Member (Administrative Staff) 2019-2021 Senior Project Coordinator Office of Communications and Community Outreach
Cassandra Shorter, B.S. Member (Administrative Staff) 2019-2021 Academic Administrator Department of Pediatrics
Rachel Fein, Ph.D., M.Ed. Member (At-Large Faculty) 2019-2021 Assistant Professor Department of Pediatrics
Michael Kauth, Ph.D. Member (At-Large Faculty) 2019-2021 Professor Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stacy Lloyd, Ph.D., M.P.H. Member (At-Large Faculty) 2019-2021 Instructor Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Michelle Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. Member (At-Large Faculty) 2019-2021 Assistant Professor Department of Radiation Oncology
Roger Nicome, M.D. Member (At-Large Faculty) 2019-2021 Associate Professor Department of Pediatrics
Jose Perez III, M.D. Member (At-Large Faculty) 2019-2021 Assistant Professor Margaret M. and Albert B. Alkek Department of Medicine
Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, M.D., M.P.H. Member (At-Large Faculty) 2019-2021 Assistant Professor Department of Pediatrics
Isabel Valdez, M.P.A.S. Member (At-Large Faculty) 2019-2021 Instructor/Physician Assistant Margaret M. and Albert B. Alkek Department of Medicine
Ashutosh Wali, M.B.B.S. Member (At-Large Faculty) 2019-2021 Professor Department of Anesthesiology
Tiemo Klisch, Ph.D. Member (At-Large Faculty) 2020-2022 Assistant Professor Department of Molecular and Human Genetics
Tamara Ortiz-Perez, M.D. Member (Faculty Senate) 2019-2021 Associate Professor Department of Radiology
Jeffrey Starke, M.D. Member (Faculty Senate) 2019-2021 Professor Department of Pediatrics
Fidaa Shaib, M.D. Member (Faculty Senate) 2020-2022 Associate Professor Margaret M. and Albert B. Alkek Department of Medicine
Ashwin Viswanathan, M.D. Member (Faculty Senate) 2020-2022 Associate Professor Department of Neurosurgery
Cicely Conway, B.A. Member (Student) 2020-2021 Student School of Health Professions
Farah Ladha, B.S. Member (Student) 2020-2021 Student School of Health Professions
Jacqunae Mays, B.S. Member (Student) 2020-2021 Student Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Fernando Padilla, B.S. Member (Student) 2020-2021 Student School of Medicine
Darius Dawson, Ph.D. Member (Trainee) 2020-2021 Postdoctoral Associate  Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Mgbechi  Erondu, M.D. Member (Trainee) 2020-2021 Resident Department of Anesthesiology
Alison Goulding Mustoe, M.D. Member (Trainee) 2020-2021 Clinical Fellow Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Preethi Somasundaram, Ph.D. Member (Trainee) 2020-2021 Postdoctoral Associate  Department of Neurosurgery
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Ex Officio Members
Name Position Membership Year Title Department
Kjersti Aagaard, M.D., Ph.D. Ex-Officio 2020-2021 Professor Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ali Asghar-Ali, M.D. Ex-Officio 2020-2021 Associate Professor Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Laurie Connor, Ph.D. Ex-Officio 2020-2021 Assistant Professor Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
Krista Defalco, M.B.A., M.H.A. Ex-Officio 2020-2021 MD/PhD Administrative Operations Director Medical Scientist Training Program
Elizabeth Elliott, M.S. Ex-Officio 2020-2021 Associate Professor School of Health Professions
Aimee Gardner, Ph.D. Ex-Officio 2020-2021 Associate Professor School of Health Professions
Anne Gill, Dr.P.H., M.S.N. Ex-Officio 2020-2021 Professor Department of Pediatrics
Susan Gillespie, M.D., Ph.D. Ex-Officio 2020-2021 Associate Professor Department of Pediatrics
Stasia Iwuc, B.S. Ex-Officio 2020-2021 Student School of Health Professions
Sarah Jazzar, B.S.N. Ex-Officio 2020-2021 Student School of Health Professions
Kimberly  Langlois, B.S. Ex-Officio 2020-2021 Senior Research Assistant Margaret M. and Albert B. Alkek Department of Medicine
Josh Muniz, M.D. Ex-Officio 2020-2021 Resident Margaret M. and Albert B. Alkek Department of Medicine
Debra Murray, Ph.D. Ex-Officio 2020-2021 Instructor Department of Molecular and Human Genetics
Margaret Nosek, Ph.D. Ex-Officio 2020-2021 Professor Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Frederick Pereira, Ph.D. Ex-Officio 2020-2021 Associate Professor Huffington Center On Aging
Jean Raphael, M.D. Ex-Officio 2020-2021 Associate Professor Department of Pediatrics
Likhitha Reddy, M.D. Ex-Officio 2020-2021 Resident Department of Pediatrics
Amandi Rhett, M.S. Ex-Officio 2020-2021 Assistant Professor School of Health Professions
Antonie Rice, Ph.D. Ex-Officio 2020-2021 Assistant Professor Department of Pediatrics
Annie Torres, B.A. Ex-Officio 2020-2021 Development Director Institutional Advancement and Alumni Affairs
Ronald Vilela, M.D. Ex-Officio 2020-2021 Assistant Professor Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Ashley Wetzig, M.D. Ex-Officio 2020-2021 Resident Department of Anesthesiology
Vacant Ex-Officio 2020-2021 Administrative Staff Human Resources
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Administrators
Name Position Title Department
Biykem Bozkurt, M.D. Administrator Associate Provost of Faculty Affairs and Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Development Office of the Provost
Nana Coleman, M.D. Administrator Associate Provost of Academic Affairs and Health System Science Office of the Provost
Shad Deering, M.D Administrator Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs at Children's Hospital of San Antonio Office of the President
Toni Gray, M.A. Administrator Title IX and Disability Director Office of the Provost
Erik Malmberg, Ph.D., J.D. Administrator Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Director Office of the Provost
Lily Shih, B.B.A., B.A. Administrator Associate Provost of Education Mission Planning and Operations Office of the Provost