Valerie Romero-Leggott, M.D., vice president for diversity at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, was honored on Feb. 2 at the Sweeney Convention Center in Santa Fe with the 16th Annual Hispano Round Table (HRT) “Walking the Talk” Award for her commitment to creating positive change in the community.

Individuals are nominated by organizations or private citizens, and are reviewed by screening committees of the League of United Latin American Citizens Civil Rights Commission of New Mexico. The honor is also known as the Chavez Y Chavez award, named after renowned Latino leaders, Cesar Chavez and U.S. Senator Dennis Chavez.

Romero-Leggott received her bachelor’s degree at Harvard University of Cambridge, Mass. in 1982. She earned her medical degree at the UNM School of Medicine. As vice president for diversity, Romero-Leggott promotes the racial, ethnic, geographic, and socio-economic diversity in the HSC. One of her major duties is to provide a forum for discussing issues concerning underrepresented and disadvantaged populations.

Established in 1984, the HRT is comprised of 50 member organizations, and collectively represents over 50,000 individuals in New Mexico. The HRT was formed to provide a clearinghouse for Hispano organizations to exchange information and organize on matters of interest. For more information, visit http://www.hrtnm.org/.


Contact: Lauren Cruse, 272-3322