The Champion of Diversity Award presented to Dr. Arpi Minassian

Arpi Minassian with Champion of Diversity Award PlaqueThe Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce that the 2015 faculty recipient of the Psychiatry Department’s Champion of Diversity Award is Arpi Minassian. The Champion of Diversity award is given annually to a faculty member who has contributed to diversity at UCSD or in the community via research, clinical activities, teaching, or community involvement. Arpi is very deserving of this award because she is a dedicated member of the Chair’s Advisory Committee on Diversity Issues. She has contributed to many of our projects, and she spearheaded several of them. For instance, she led our efforts to survey trainees in the Department about their opinions on climate, analyzed the responses and prepared a poster to disseminate the results. Last year, she organized our first annual Cultural Celebration, which was a great success. In addition to going above and beyond the usual level of commitment for our Committee, Arpi has also contributed on the UCSD campus as a member and now co-chair of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Issues. In this same area, Arpi has had a national influence by contributing to an AMA training module for residents as part of the Introduction to the Practice of Medicine online coursework. She and her colleagues have prepared slides and videotaped vignettes for a course entitled: Cultural Competency: Health Disparities and Health Care of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People. In sum, Arpi’s passion for equity in all arenas has motivated her to make impressive contributions to our Department and beyond, and for this we are delighted to honor her as this year’s faculty Champion of Diversity.