FOR IMMEDATE RELASE

February 3, 2005

Contact:  Jennifer Riordan 272-0261 office, 220-0702 cell; or Liz Schomburg 379-3476

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNM HSC) STAR Council will be hosting an Appreciation Luncheon Thursday, February 3, 2005, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the UNM Continuing Education Ballroom C (1634 University NE) and will be presenting a special recognition to a top HSC leader.

R. Philip Eaton, M.D., Executive Vice President for Health Sciences at the University of New Mexico will be receiving the prestigious inaugural Many Hands, One Vision Diversity Leadership Award. 

Eaton joined the University of New Mexico 37 years ago, in 1968, as an endocrinologist and was recently elected as a member of the board of the Association of Academic Health Centers.

The Star Council has become a part of the HSC culture under the initiative and direction of Dr. Eaton.  There have been numerous efforts and continued participation for amazing results in new programs and approaches to developing a diverse environment. The original recommendations, management support and the identification of "diversity champion" were cited as paramount in the STAR Council's success.  Dr. Eaton will be honored as a true diversity champion for his vision and leadership at UNM and the HSC. 

The Star council is a group of Native American, Hispanic, African American and Asian American community leaders and current HSC employees who provide advice and referral support to the HSC in its ongoing efforts to promote diversity in the workplace. 

In the fall of 2001, 38 individuals participated in focus groups, called Star Councils, to help provide guidance and advice to improve recruitment and outreach programs to attract and retain minority candidates.  After recommendations were submitted and evaluated, the HSC Resources office began addressing the recommendations with an action plan.  The Star Council was merged into one advisory group, and continues to meet often to provide support and feedback on new HR sponsored programs and initiatives generated through its original recommendations.


Contact: Jennifer Riordan, 272-3322