Message from the Co-Chairs

On behalf of our co-chairs, Dr. Uma Nair and Dr. Violet Siwik, we would like to welcome you to the UAHS LGBTQ+ Interest Group at the University of Arizona!

The UAHS LGBTQ+ Interest Group serves our four Health Sciences Campuses (College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing and College of Public Health). We work toward creating and maintaining a safe, inclusive, and equitable environment for LGBTQ+ students, staff, faculty, residents, fellows, and patients. Our group aims to sustain visibility and a sense of community throughout our four colleges’ sites and to provide programming and education on LGBTQ+ issues which pave the path towards understanding the adversities faced by those who are marginalized. We are committed to building workplace equity, promoting student & staff leadership, and providing high-quality, culturally-congruent care to our patients. We take an intersectional approach to our work and believe that combating one form of oppression means combating all forms of oppression. We are committed to promoting equity and respect for all people and strive to build a community of inclusivity at the University of Arizona.

Founded in 2016, and the original group in the UAHS system, the UAHS LGBTQ+ Interest group celebrates multiple events to engage in building community and to educate about the health issues surrounding LGBTQ+ people. We encourage you to:

  • Join our group and attend our monthly meetings, taking place every 3rd Wednesday (calendar link here)
  • Subscribe to our list serve (link here) and follow our University-wide announcements;
  • Attend our multiple events thorough out the academic year (link here)
  • Participate in our UAHS Med Safe-Zone training taking place Nov. 16, 2018 (link here)
  • Sponsor our group and/or events

We invite you to partner with us in making the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center a safer and inclusive space for all. We look forward to the opportunity of engaging in dialogue and meeting you around campus. Please feel free to contact us and our staff for any questions or concerns.


Uma S. Nair, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Health Promotion Sciences
Assistant Director, Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine)
Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
Co-Chair, UAHS LGBTQ+ Interest Group
Violet Siwik, MD
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
College of Medicine-Tucson
Co-Chair, UAHS LGBTQ+ Interest Group