Finding Strength in Our Diversity

Diversity has come to mean many things in today's slogan-laden world. For all of us, our backgrounds and resultant attitudes greatly influence our viewpoints and often-subtle behavior toward different groups of people. These beliefs impact our interactions with others, including the student-teacher relationship and patient care.

We talk regularly about such things at Loma Linda University Health. It is important for us to reach a consensus as such issues routinely boil over across the country.

We have a long-established commitment to accepting all people as children of God. We define inclusiveness to cover the many variations of the human experience, whether ethnic, cultural, physical, faith-based or otherwise. Our challenge is to maintain our uniqueness as a Christian community while also understanding the differences that our students, faculty, staff and patients represent.

In our commitment to address these challenges, we have established a Diversity Council. Our goal is to understand our differences as best we can, encourage an honest dialogue about those differences, respect each other in all circumstances, and build on the strength that comes from our diversity.

Building Bridges - A Message from Our President

A broad group of representatives from across campus are on the Diversity Council, with the mandate to listen, understand, accept and educate. While we recognize that there are some scars we can never completely heal, we also believe that listening and starting on the road to understanding are essential steps in healing.

The council members come together regularly and are brave enough to be honest with each other. They have vowed to turn their struggles into understanding and compassion, their pain into promise for others. This promise is real and the commitment to building bridges is palpable.

This effort will span our healthcare and educational enterprise, including our faculty, staff and students. It will instruct and learn from our many service-learning opportunities, both in this community and internationally.

This is neither lip service nor a popularity contest. My personal intent is to be persistent and proactive as we continue to grow our culture into one of acceptance and inclusion. Students, faculty, employees, alumni and community members are urged to share their concerns with any council member so she or he can bring them to the attention of the entire council.

Thank you for joining us in this critical journey. This country, this world, needs our brand of acceptance for all, and I trust this campus can truly become a haven for those who may feel marginalized, or even wounded, in this place dedicated to healing.

To reach the right balance, we need everyone's input. Please join us in this journey.

Sincerely yours,

Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH
President, Loma Linda University Health

Diversity Council Membership

Richard Hart, MD, DrPH - Chair
Loma Linda University Health
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Shaunielle Abreu, MA
Human Resources Director
Loma Linda University Shared Services

Dilys Brooks, MDiv
Associate Chaplain
Loma Linda University
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Nicceta Davis, PhD
Professor, Physical Therapy
School of Allied Health, Loma Linda University
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Daisy DeLeon, PhD
Assistant to the Dean
School of Medicine, Loma Linda University
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Lyndon Edwards, MBA, MHS
Senior VP, Adult Hospitals
Loma Linda University Health
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Esther Forde, RN, MBA, MA
Director, Admissions
School of Dentistry, Loma Linda University

Daniel Giang, MD
Vice President, Graduate Medical Education
Loma Linda University Health
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Kent Hansen, JD
General Counsel
Loma Linda University Health
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Jerome Kabayiza, MA
Director, Service Center
& Human Resources Compliance
Loma Linda University Health
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Susanne Montgomery, PhD, MPH, MS
Associate Dean, Research
School of Behavioral Health, Loma Linda University
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Lizette Norton, MBA
Vice President, Human Resource Management
Loma Linda University Health
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Truphosa Orianga, DNP
Executive Director, Patient Care Services
Loma Linda University Children's Hospital

Wesley Phipatanakul, MD
Physician, Orthopaedic Surgery
Loma Linda University Health

Kelly Phipps, MBA
Manager, Annual Giving-Philanthropy
Loma Linda University Shared Services

Erin Richards
UFC President
Loma Linda University

Shaunrick Stoll
President, Student Association
Loma Linda University

Terry Swenson, DMin
Loma Linda University
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Tamara Thomas, MD
DEVP, Medical Affairs/Dean, School of Medicine
Loma Linda University

Arwyn Wild, MA
Executive Director, San Manuel Gateway College
Loma Linda University Health
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Trevor Wright, MHA
Chief Operating Officer
Loma Linda University Medical Center
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Farnoosh Zough, PharmD
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice
School of Pharmacy, Loma Linda University
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