Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

The Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA), works with Cancer Center leadership, staff, and colleagues to build a supportive, inclusive, and engaging community, and inform processes and plans for recruitment and retention of diverse trainees and faculty in the Cancer Center.

Our Plan to Enhance Diversity (PED) aims to achieve diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in our research workforce, including trainees, faculty, and staff, as well as Center leadership and advisory boards, using an approach that is accountable, engages stakeholders, promotes institutional, individual-centered change, and that aims to provide more opportunities for all.

Our Team

Tung Nguyen, MD

Tung Nguyen, MD (Nguyễn Thanh Tùng)
Associate Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA)

In his role as the inaugural associate director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA), Dr. Nguyen directs a DEIA office that ensures that the HDFCCC is an inclusive, equitable, anti-racist, and supportive environment for a diverse workforce, so that cancer research is conducted with integrity, without causing harm, and in an environment where people want to work. His primary responsibilities are to develop and sustain opportunities to support a diverse HDFCCC workforce (staff, trainees, faculty, leaders, and advisors), with an emphasis in retention and recruitment of diverse faculty, staff, and learners.

Nynikka Palmer

Nynikka Palmer, DrPH, MPH
Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) for Faculty

Dr. Palmer joined UCSF in 2013 as an assistant professor of Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, with secondary appointments in the departments of Urology and Radiation Oncology. Her research agenda sits at the intersection of multiple fields and methods, including cancer disparities, health services research, health care communication, and community engagement. In 2016, she helped launch and co-leads the prostate cancer task force for the San Francisco Cancer Initiative. Dr. Palmer is also the director of the research education component of the UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities, leading a scholar training and mentoring program for underrepresented junior investigators to develop independent research careers focused on health equity and aging issues. Since 2019, Dr. Palmer has been a certified facilitator for the Academy of Communication for Healthcare and the UCSF Center for Enhancement of Communication in Healthcare that offers training on enhancing relationship-centered communication skills and relationship-centered communication for equity and inclusion.

Ana Velázquez Mañana

Ana I. Velázquez Mañana, MD, MSc
Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) for Trainees

Dr. Velázquez joined UCSF in 2018 as a clinical fellow of Medicine and in 2022 was appointed as an assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. During her clinical training, she focused on thoracic oncology, with a special interest in the care of vulnerable populations with cancer. Since 2019, Dr. Velázquez has been an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Trainee and Early Career Advisory Group. Over the past two years, she has served as co-leader of the ASCO Oncology Summer Internship at UCSF, a clinical summer program for underrepresented medical students aimed at increasing diversity of the oncology workforce.



Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) for Staff

Roberto Efrain Diaz, PhD

Roberto Efraín Díaz, PhD
Program Manager



Advisory Board

HDFCCC Leadership

Emily K. Bergsland, MD
Professor, Department of Medicine
Associate Director of Education and Training

Lauren Boreta, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
Co-Leader, Gender Equity Committee

Bridget Keenan, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Co-Leader, Gender Equity Committee

Kim Rhoads, MD, MS, MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Associate Director of Community Engagement

Kate Shumate, MPA, CCRP
Chief of Staff, Associate Director of Administration

Katherine Van Loon, MD, MPH
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine
Co-Leader, Gender Equity Committee

UCSF Leadership

Alejandra Rincón, PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor of the Office of Diversity and Outreach

HDFCCC Trainees, Faculty, Staff, and Community Leaders

Jennifer E. James, MSW, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor, Institute for Health & Aging

Celia P. Kaplan, DrPH
Professor in Residence, Department of Medicine

Mark Magbanua, PhD
Professional Researcher, Department of Laboratory Medicine

Salma Shariff-Marco, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Co-Investigator, Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry
Co-Director, Biostatistics & Population Research Shared Resource, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Evelin Trejo PhD, MPH, MSBH 
ZSFG Division of Hematology-Oncology 

UCSF Trainees, Faculty, Staff, and Community Leaders

Rony Francois, MD, PhD
Clinical Fellow, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Emma Gunderson
DEI Manager & Project Coordinator, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Sara Moncivais, MA
Clinical Research Operations Project Manager,

Lena Rivas, RACR
Talent Acquisition Partner, Human Resources