Join the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine to learn about the cultural diversity of the region and explore ways we can support and acknowledge Indigenous communities.
- To learn about the longstanding cultural history of the land upon which the University of Arizona exists so that we may acknowledge and honor those peoples and cultures who have lived in this region prior to, during and since colonization and land displacement
- To become informed about the region’s cultural history as a way to support and celebrate the Indigenous communities of this region
- To learn of ways in which we can take action to support the Indigenous communities of this region
- To gain familiarity with, and understand the importance of, appropriate land acknowledgment statements
Zoom meeting passcode: DEI
Carlos R. Gonzales, MD, assistant dean curricular affairs and associate professor of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Gonzales advises on Traditional Indian-Western Medicine Collaboration at the College. In 1977, he received his Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. In 1981 Dr. Gonzales received his medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. He then completed a residency in Family Medicine at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dr. Gonzales is a sixth generation Tucsonan of Yaqui and Mexican descent. He participates in the Traditional Easter Ceremonies at the New Pascua Yaqui Pueblo and leads Yaqui-Inipi Way Sweat Lodge Ceremonies.
Justin Kaye is Diné (Navajo) and Hopi and is from Tuba City and Moenkopi, Arizona on the Navajo and Hopi reservation. His interest in medicine began from attending and participating in various ceremonies growing up. Mr. Kaye is from a long line of Dine healers known as Hataałii. As an undergraduate he attended the University of New Mexico and now holds a Professional Science Masters in Applied Biosciences from the University of Arizona and a Masters of Science in Cellular and Molecular Medicine from the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.
Mark Andres Bigbey is a registered member of the Cherokee Nation and Descendant of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. He is the President of the Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS) Chapter of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Mark's interest in medicine began primarily through mentorships affiliated with the Indian Health Service, where he and his family received healthcare. He is currently a second-year medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Mark is an advocate for rural health disparities impacting Native American culture and populations and is participating in a general surgery summer-clerkship, serving primarily members of the Navajo Nation (Diné) in Tuba City and Moenkopi Arizona on the Navajo and Hopi reservation.
Credit: This event has been approved for 1 hour of DEI credit by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion Office, College of Medicine Tucson, University of Arizona.