Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

CMM DEI Mission Statement

At the department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (CMM), we foster a thriving environment of shared understanding and respect that recognizes our diversity as a key ingredient of success in achieving excellence and innovation in research and education. We harness the power of diversity through inclusion by celebrating the differences in our identity attributes, including elements of our culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical and mental ability.

DEI Credit Eligible Training Events

CMM-DEI Committee Goals

At CMM, we have a standing DEI committee whose central objective is to promote awareness, offer training programs, provide mentoring, and facilitate team and community development. Importantly, we aim to implement strategies to fight all forms of bias: racism, ableism, ageism, nativism, sexism, cisgenderism, and heterosexism.

With respect to education, our overarching goal is to empower individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to take a bigger part in science and medicine by supporting a pipeline that promotes the prosperity of students and scientists from diverse underrepresented minority communities. With respect to research, we support open science by encouraging transparency and reproducibility and sharing of data and reagents with the local and global communities.

In addition, the CMM-DEI committee supports a platform for continuous reflection and self-assessment, which is crucial for building action-oriented programs that raise awareness and promote our vision of equity and inclusion. Further, as part of our mission we strive to help members of our community, including faculty, staff, and students, to achieve work-life balance that allows them to be productive while supporting their diverse lifestyles and responsibilities.

DEI Committee

Ghassan (Gus) MouneimnE, PhD, Director
Lonnie LybargeR, PHD
Noel WarfeL, PHD
Ritu PandeY, PHD
Valerie SchaibleY, PHD


A message from our interim department head:

“In CMM, we believe that diverisity, equity, inclusion, and ablilty are pillars for success in achieving excellence and innovation in research and education. We strive to involve full participation through different voices and discourse in a collaborative and open environment.”

cynthia K. Miranti, PhD

Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service.