Pictured above from left to right: UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla; Jill Dumbauld Nery; Linda Greene, 1st Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; David Brenner, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Dean of School of Mecinie
A Diversity Champion is an individual or group that exemplifies the UCSD Principles of Community and makes an outstanding contribution in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action, or diversity. Each year, the Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards Program solicits nominations and honors those staff, faculty, students, departments, and organizational units that demonstrate leadership with regard to celebrating cultural differences, promoting fairness, and helping to make the campus a better place to work or learn. An awardee is selected from each UCSD Vice Chancellor area. Jill Dumbauld Nery has been selected as the 2013 Diversity Champion for Health Sciences.
Ms. Dumbauld is a Senior Community Health Program Representative in the Community Engagement Division in the Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI). She has a Bachelors degree in Anthropology from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Public Health from SDSU. Jill is fluent in Spanish and volunteers as a big sister to provide a Latina teenager with friendship, advice, guidance and support. Jill also spent time in the Peace Corps in Puerto Limo, Ecuador prior to coming to the CTRI.
For the past year Jill has been working in the Latino community in Imperial Valley as part of a collaborative project between the CTRI, Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo and Sun Valley Research Center. The goal of the project has been to make research more accessible in this medically underserved community and to promote participation in clinical trials. She developed a course in Spanish to educate Promotoras (female, Spanish speaking community health workers) about clinical research. In addition, she produced a Spanish-language video which explains clinical research, including informed consent, study design and ethical considerations.
Ms. Dumbauld has also been instrumental in engaging the Asian/Pacific Islander community in San Diego through collaboration with the CTRI and Operation Samahan, which is the fiscal agent for the Asian/Pacific Islander Community Health Network. This group includes Filipinos, Laotians, Cambodians, Samoans and Native Hawaiians. She conducted focus groups to determine cultural issues unique to this community and developed educational materials (posters and pamphlets) designed to increase research literacy and promote participation in clinical research within the Asian/Pacific Islander community.
"I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work with fantastic community partners" Ms. Dumbauld said. "It's because of their dedication that we were able to make these projects happen."
The ceremony took place on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 in the Price Center.