Jeffries receives award for UT Southwestern diversity efforts

UT Southwestern Director of Faculty Diversity and Development Diane Jeffries (second from right) recently received a DiversityFIRST Award from the Texas Diversity Council. State board members of the council congratulating Ms. Jeffries include (from left) Jean Hood, Beth Wilson, and Angeles M. Valenciano.

Diane Jeffries, Director of Faculty Diversity and Development, recently was honored as one of five 2012 DiversityFIRST Award recipients in Texas.

The nonprofit Texas Diversity Council established the DiversityFIRST Awards in 2004 to commend organizations and individuals for their support of diversity and inclusion in the Texas workplace. The award recognized Ms. Jeffries for her efforts to promote diversity among UT Southwestern Medical Center faculty.

“Ms. Jeffries’ and UT Southwestern’s recognition by the Texas Diversity Council affirms that others are recognizing the work that we are doing in carrying out this important strategic initiative of the institution’s plan,” said Dr. Byron Cryer, Associate Dean for Faculty Diversity and Development.

Ms. Jeffries joined UT Southwestern in January 2011 as part of the newly created Office of Faculty Diversity and Development, whose mission is to recruit, develop, and retain diverse, excellent, and talented faculty. As chief administrator, she oversees the implementation of diversity and career development initiatives, in which emphasis is placed on the advancement of women and underrepresented minority faculty.

Under her leadership, UT Southwestern hosted the “Dismantling Segregation at St. Paul” lecture and the Greater Dallas Health Care Diversity Summit. Ms. Jeffries also serves as co-administrator for the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the National Medical Association. She has coordinated faculty participation in the 2011 HealthFest at KwanzaaFest and has supported the attendance of women and minority faculty at national leadership development conferences.

Ms. Jeffries also serves on UT Southwestern’s Women in Science and Medicine Advisory Committee and as an ad hoc member of the Committee on Women’s Advancement.


Dr. Cryer holds the John C. Vanatta III Professorship.