Message from Assistant to the Dean, Diversity

Over the past year, the events taking place in our world, and in our Country have in some way changed each of our lives forever. As we look on, I believe each of us may have feelings of great loss, sadness, loneliness, hopelessness and despair. Yet, we must not lose hope.

Despite advances in science, medicine and technology; as well as strides we have made for peace and equality, the challenges of the pandemic and the uprising racial tensions have shown us how fragile we are as human beings. It has revealed our weaknesses and biases. We need to support each other. Our words and actions matter. Let us not overlook each other, but show respect and love for one another.

As we face these challenges, I am reminded of the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi, who prayed:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy
O Divine Master, grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console
To be understood, as to understand
To be loved, as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
And it's in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it's in dying that we are born to Eternal Life

Your coming here was no coincidence. And so, to our freshmen and returning students, we say “Thank you” for entrusting Loma Linda University in shaping a small part of your life. Let us work together in showing God’s unfailing love and possibly bring light to a world that needs hope more than ever.  

The Office of Diversity would like to help in any way possible.  We would like to hear from each of you.  Please let us know how we can help. 

- Daisy De Leon, PhD


Office of Diversity Staff

Daisy De Leon, PhD, Assistant to the Dean, Diversity
ddeleon@llu.edu I 909-558-9618


Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

A DEI Taskforce along with three sub-committees comprised of faculty, students and residents are taking action to foster equitable and inclusive environments.

LLUSM DEI TASKFORCE

Yami Bazan, PhD, Associate Dean, Student Affairs

Kevin Codorniz, MD, Associate Dean, Clinic Education

Daisy De Leon, PhD, Assistant to the Dean, Diversity

Hansel Fletcher, PhD, Assistant Dean, Graduate Student Affairs

Amy Hayton, MD,  Associate Dean, Physician Formation and Wellness

Tamara Thomas, MD, Dean

Alice Wongworawat,  MBA, Associate Dean, Finance and Administration

FACULTY SUB-COMMITTEE

Anthony Hilliard, MD, Chief Operating Officer, Loma Linda University Faculty Medical Group

Lawrence Loo, MD, Associate Dean, Faculty Development

Barbara Sharp, Vice President of Administration and Professional Employment, Loma Linda University Faculty Medical Group

David Turay, MD, Adjunct Associate Professor, Surgery

Mike Unterseher,  Executive Director of Provider Recruitment, Loma Linda University Faculty Medical Group

Shammah Williams, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine

GME SUB-COMMITTEE

Jessica ChenFeng, PhD, LMFT, Associate Director, Office of Physician Vitality

Amy Schill-Dew, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine

William Downes, MD, Emergency Medicine

Danielle Mason, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program Director

STUDENT SUB-COMMITTEE

Simone DeShields, Student Committee Representative

Aurriel Fenison, LLU Chapter President for SNMA (Student National Medical Association) Representative

Kevin Codorniz, MD, Associate Dean, Clinical Education (Sub-Committee Co-Sponsor)

Amy Hayton, MD,  Associate Dean, Physician Formation and Wellness (Sub-Committee Co-Sponsor)

Foluwasomi Oyefeso, Basic Sciences Department Representative 

Loma Linda University Health Diversity Council