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UC Riverside School of Medicine Dean Receives 2017 Insight Into Diversity Magazine Giving Back Award

Award honors college and university administrators who go above and beyond their everyday leadership duties and give back to their campuses and communities

By Iqbal Pittalwala

Deborah Deas, M.D., M.P.H

Deborah Deas, M.D., M.P.H

RIVERSIDE, CA- Deborah Deas, M.D., M.P.H, the Mark and Pam Rubin Dean and Chief Executive Office for Clinical Affairs at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine, has received the 2017 Giving Back Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education.

The award honors college and university administrators who go above and beyond their everyday leadership duties and give back to their campuses and communities.

Deas will be featured, along with 38 other recipients, in the April 2017 Leadership Support and Giving Back issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Giving Back Award recipients were nominated by their colleagues and selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity based on their outstanding demonstration of social responsibility; involvement with students, faculty, staff, and the community; and commitment to serving underrepresented populations. Each honoree is recognized for his or her passion, dedication, and support for diversity and inclusion.

“It is a great honor to be selected for this special award,” Deas said. “This is really the result of collective effort – both here at UCR and at my former institution, the Medical University of South Carolina – to inspire and help more students from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve their dream of becoming a physician.”

Deas was recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for her leadership in institutional and national efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in medicine, including creating of new student pipeline programs in the College of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina and participating in such national initiatives as the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Planning Working Group.

“The Giving Back Award is being awarded to leaders of institutions of higher education who exemplify what it truly means to give back to others,” said Holly Mendelson, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “These administrators are role models, and we honor their efforts to promote diversity and inclusion on their campuses and in their communities.”

Other recipients of the 2017 Giving Back Award include:

  • Sefa Aina, Pomona College
  • Philip S. Bailey, PhD, California Polytechnic State University
  • Andra Basu, PhD, MEd, Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Venessa A. Brown, PhD, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Marc Burnett, Tennessee Technological University
  • Marie Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, MPH, MBA, FCCP, FASHP, FAST, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Kathryn B. Chval, PhD, University of Missouri
  • Patrick Coggins, PhD, JD, EdS, Stetson University
  • Daryll Coleman, PhD, Lane College
  • Gail DePuy, PhD, University of Louisville
  • William E. Easterling, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Nitza Milagros Escalera, JD, EdM, Fordham University
  • Greer Glazer, RN, PhD, CNP, FAAN, University of Cincinnati
  • Natalie Gibson, Kentucky Community and Technical College System
  • Craig Hillemeier, MD, Penn State Health
  • Lisa Kirtman, PhD, California State University, Fullerton
  • Paul L. Koch, PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Ming Li, EdD, Western Michigan University
  • Elizabeth G. Loboa, PhD, University of Missouri
  • Linda Logan, PhD, Olivet College
  • Patrice Gouveia Marks, PhD, Raritan Valley Community College
  • Shane P. Martin, PhD, Loyola Marymount University
  • Maureen A. O’Rourke, JD, Boston University
  • Rafael Ortega, MD, Boston University
  • Tonantzin Oseguera, EdD, California State University, Fullerton
  • Jennifer Rosato Perea, JD, DePaul University
  • Clyde Wilson Pickett, MEd, Community College of Allegheny County
  • Yasmin S. Purohit, PhD, Robert Morris University
  • Fatima Rodriguez-Johnson, SUNY Geneseo
  • Paula T. Silver, PhD, Widener University
  • William Silver, PhD, Sonoma State University
  • Kelli Sinclair, Waubonsee Community College
  • Christina Swaidan, EdD, MEd, Westfield State University
  • Charles Taber, PhD, Stony Brook University
  • David E. Thomas, EdD, MEd, Community College of Philadelphia
  • Gregory Townsend, MD, University of Virginia
  • Roberta J. Wilburn, EdD, ThD, Whitworth University
  • Victor Wilson, MEd, University of Georgia

A call for nominations for the Giving Back Award was announced in October 2016. Award recipients include administrators of both community colleges and baccalaureate-granting institutions.

For more information about the 2017 Giving Back Award visit http://www.insightintodiversity.com/.

Claremont Area Links ‘Red Dress’ Luncheon in February Will Address the Threat of Heart Disease in Women

Proceeds from annual fundraiser will go toward much-needed scholarships and supporting our service programs

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The Claremont Area (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated will host its 5th Annual Heart Truth “Red Dress” Luncheon on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Pacific Palms Resort Hotel in the City of Industry.  The theme is “From the Heart,” and the event is intended to raise awareness and supporting women who would otherwise ignore the threat of heart disease and other related issues.  More than 300 attendees are expected at this fundraising event.

A special highlight of this year’s luncheon program is a spotlight on the Chapter’s current scholarship recipients.

Over the last five years, the Claremont Area Links have given over $49,000 in scholarships to deserving high school seniors and college students. In addition to the monetary support, all scholarship recipients become part of the Chapter’s College Connection program. Throughout the year, recipients receive gift cards and notes to provide support and maintain contact as they migrate though their college years.  Awarding scholarships to deserving youth and supporting awardees provides an opportunity for the Chapter to establish a bond that is clearly focused on the expectation that the student graduates from college.

Proceeds from February’s luncheon will help further the Chapter’s commitment to providing financial assistance and support to our community’s youth, as well as supporting our service programs in the community. We invite you to join us for this important Heart Health Awareness event, and appreciate your support for our youth by purchasing a ticket, placing an ad in our souvenir journal or becoming a sponsor.

For more information, contact: Pamela Chavira, Chair at pmchavira@gmail.com.

Riverside Community Hospital Hosts 8th Annual Red Dress Fashion Show

(Photo Credit: John Coleman/Community Photographer)

(Photo Credit: John Coleman/Community Photographer)

On behalf of the Riverside Community Hospital’s Heart Care Institute, Cherie Russell-Crutcher, Riverside Community Hospital’s Assistant Vice President of Marketing & Communications, with Shannon Fox, “Ms California, 2017”, welcomed a near capacity and colorful (red dressed) audience to the Riverside Convention Center on Saturday, February 18 for the 8th Annual Red Dress Fashion Show & Health Expo.

The evening consisted of Health expo, Health & wellness info, free screenings, Massages, and a fashion show. The American Heart Association was a sponsor.