UNM medical school announces new assistant dean for diversity
Brenda Pereda, MD, has been appointed assistant dean for diversity in the University of New Mexico School of Medicine (SOM).
“We are very pleased that Dr. Pereda will be joining us,” says Dean Paul B. Roth, MD, MS. “She will work across all of our mission areas and departments to support diversity in our learners, faculty and staff through program development, recruitment and retention, and scholarly work.”
Pereda, an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, is a Mexico City native who was raised in San Francisco. She brings long experience in promoting diversity to her new position, said SOM Executive Vice Dean Martha McGrew, MD.
“Dr. Pereda has already demonstrated passion, knowledge and skills in her diversity work,” McGrew says. “Her own success story is inspiring and she is a role model for everyone in our institution.”
Pereda is a first-generation college graduate. She earned her medical degree at Michigan State University and completed her residency at Wayne State University, in Detroit.
She completed a family planning fellowship and a master’s in clinical research at UNM. She practices in the Division of Family Planning and is the director of the J. Kenneth Ryan Residency Training Program.
Pereda has worked to develop innovative models for interactive dialogue to improve race-conscious medical decision-making and is devoted to promoting cognitive diversity in educational and workplace settings.
“Dr. Pereda has already made significant contributions to diversity and equity,” says Valerie Romero-Leggott, MD, the UNM Health Sciences Center’s vice chancellor for diversity. “I’m looking forward to working closely with her as we strive to make the school of medicine a model for inclusion, where everyone is valued, respected and enabled to thrive.”
McGrew said she expects Pereda to hit the ground running when she starts the job on July 1.
“She is excited to begin meeting with leaders throughout the school of medicine to hear the opportunities and challenges for diversity and to collaborate in growing our diversity,” McGrew said. “We are fortunate to have her on our leadership team.”