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Diversity & Inclusion

Happy, smiling School of Health Professions students at a school event

Our programs foster a culture and climate that demonstrates its commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The UT Southwestern School of Health Professions is dedicated to educating diverse students. We believe diverse students add different viewpoints, which creates a robust learning and clinical environment for both the learners and faculty educators. It is our goal to cultivate a learning community where similarities and differences of individuals are valued so that all students can reach their academic potential. Our programs are committed to achieving superior outcomes in student retention and graduation rates. We aim to contribute to a diverse health professions workforce to meet the demands of the rapidly changing health care environment and shifting patient demographics.

Through collaboration with the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, we have been able to foster a culture and climate that demonstrates its commitment to diversity and inclusion through the support of intellectual development and community engagement.

SHP Demographics

DEI infographic about 2022 SHP demographics

Student Profiles


Johanna Mendoza

Physical Therapy


Patricia Clesca

Clinical Nutrition


Madison Bahe

Physician Assistant


Irum Khan

Physical Therapy


Kellen Weigrand

Prosthetics and Orthotics


Elexis Stephens

Physician Assistant


Student Diversity and Inclusion Programs

  • Mentorship

    Our mentorship efforts are grounded in supporting and empowering our students to reach their full academic potential.

    Dr. Carolyn Bradley-Guidry surrounded by about 13 diverse students
  • First Gen Program

    Our first-generation program is for students who are the first members in their family to attend college. The program offers support to acquire skill sets to aid to their success, grow networks, and build community.

    Two women with long dark hair laughing
  • Offline and Dine

    School of Health Profession students gather once a month to connect in an informal setting to recharge their batteries, enjoy a meal together, and engage in fun activities.

    A diverse group of nearly 30 students lined up in three rows
  • Community Outreach

    Community service empowers our students with responsibility, engages their compassion, and allows them the opportunity to affect the lives of others in a positive manner.

    Student volunteers from the School of Health Professions line up behind a table at a community event


Each program offers some scholarship support to qualifying students, please contact your program of interest for further details.

Doctor of Applied Clinical Research Cost

Doctor of Physical Therapy Cost

Master of Clinical Nutrition – Coordinated Program Cost

Master of Physician Assistant Studies Cost

Master of Prosthetics-Orthotics

A Message from the School of Health Professions Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Engagement

Carolyn D. Bradley-Guidry, Dr.P.H. M.P.A.S., ,PA-C
Carolyn D. Bradley-Guidry, Dr.P.H., M.P.A.S., PA-C


Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Engagement – School of Health Professions

Associate Professor | Distinguished Teaching Professor


The School of Health Professions is committed to supporting a diverse and equitable learning and working environment that respects and values human dignity. It is our desire that all health profession students feel supported regardless of their racial or ethnic background, gender, religion, age, socioeconomic status, disability, or sexual orientation.

We are devoted to fostering a culture of inclusive excellence in which every member of our academic community can thrive. We are continuing to expand efforts to recruit and retain students from various backgrounds, experiences, and areas of expertise. We believe bringing together educators and students with different lived experiences will position us to train the next generation of culturally sensitive health professionals who are prepared to care for an increasingly diverse society.


Additional campus wide programs, events, initiatives, and resources can be found through UT Southwestern’s Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion.

Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion