Dr. Valerie Romero-Leggott

RomeroLeggottVice Chancellor for Diversity, UNM Health Sciences Center Office for Diversity
Associate Dean for Diversity, UNM School of Medicine
Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine
Executive Director, UNM Combined BA/MD Degree Program


Dr. Romero-Leggott has been a primary care provider for many years on the forefront of treating populations burdened by socio-economic, racial and ethnic disparities. Presently she serves as Vice Chancellor for the Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the UNM Health Sciences Center, and Professor in the UNM Department of Family and Community Medicine. She also serves as the Executive Director of the UNM Combined BA/MD Degree Program. Her office advances diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the Health Sciences Center and communities through capacity building and sustainable programs and collaborations. This includes many educational pipeline programs developed to help students enter and graduate as well as diversify NM's health professions to better reflect the population of the state. Dr. Romero-Leggott is a role model for young female students and other professional women in the health sciences. She works to link diversity with excellence using the skills and knowledge she has developed as an administrator, leader, female ethnic minority, and native New Mexican. She believes that advancing diversity, cultural and linguistic competence, social justice, equity, and inclusion and addressing social determinants are integral to achieving better health outcomes for our communities and our nation.