Diversity and Inclusion announces speaker series lineup

By Roman Petrowski, Office of Communications

2022 Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series Lineup

From left to right: Chethan Sathya, MD, MSc; Mary Ellen Biggerstaff, DNP, FNP, MPH; Adolfo G. Cuevas, PhD; Diane M. Santa Maria, DrPH, MSN, RN; and Darcy Freedman, PhD, MPH. (Courtesy photos)

The UTHealth Houston Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites the community to learn about issues affecting immigrants and the LGBTQ community as well as to join discussions on food insecurity and the role of health care in preventing gun violence as part of the fall 2022 Diversity and Equity Speaker Series.

The university will host a monthly conversation through November. The virtual events are open to all UTHealth Houston students, residents, faculty, and staff. Zoom details will be shared two weeks before each webinar.

The first speaker will be Chethan Sathya, MD, MSc, pediatric general and thoracic surgeon, associate medical director of trauma, and surgical director of pediatric critical care at Northwell Health Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York. Sathya will present on “Health care’s role in prevention of gun violence: A paradigm shift.”

Sathya’s presentation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31 via zoom.

Remaining Dates

Thursday, Sept. 22, noon to 1 p.m.

“Being a nurse advocate for your immigrant and refugee patients”

Mary Ellen Biggerstaff, DNP, FNP, MPH, assistant professor at Frontier Nursing University in Olympia Wash and Adolfo G. Cuevas, PhD, Gerald R. Gill Assistant Professor of Race, Culture, and Society in the Department of Community Health, and director of the PSD Health Group at Tufts University in Medford, Mass.


Wednesday, Oct. 19, noon to 1 p.m.

“The Intersection of the LGBTQ+ community, homelessness, and health”

Diane M. Santa Maria, DrPH, MSN, RN, dean, Jane and Robert Cizik Distinguished Chair, and Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair in Nursing Education Leadership at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston.


Wednesday, Nov. 9, noon to 1 p.m.

“Nutrition equity – A modern theory on food insecurity”

Darcy Freedman, PhD, MPH, the Swetland Professor of Environment Health Sciences in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences and director of the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland.