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    Jeffrey Botkin, MD, MPH

    Emeritus Professor - Pediatrics

    Linda Carr-Lee Faix, PhC, MA

    Deputy Director - Center for Health Ethics, Arts, & Humanities

    Jay Jacobson, MD

    Emeritus Professor - Medical Ethics and Infectious Diseases

    Thomas Schenkenberg, PhD

    Emeritus Professor - Neurology


    Riccardo Camacho

    Administrative Assistant



    The Center for Health Ethics, Arts, and Humanities produces new teaching, scholarship, and outreach work, bringing insights from the humanities, arts, law, and social sciences into healthcare education and practice. We seek to prepare tomorrow’s healers to act with compassion and justice. Together we can educate health professionals in bioethics, research ethics, and health humanities, and nurture empathy and humanitarian values.


    The University of Utah has both historical and contemporary relationships with Indigenous peoples. Given that the Salt Lake Valley has always been a gathering place for Indigenous peoples, we acknowledge that this land, which is named for the Ute Tribe, is the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute, and Ute Tribes and is a crossroad for Indigenous peoples. The University of Utah recognizes the enduring relationships between many Indigenous peoples and their traditional homelands. We are grateful for the territory upon which we gather today; we respect Utah’s Indigenous peoples, the original stewards of this land; and we value the sovereign relationships that exist between tribal governments, state governments, and the federal government. Today, approximately 60,000 American Indian and Alaska Native peoples live in Utah. As a state institution, the University of Utah is committed to serving Native communities throughout Utah in partnership with Native Nations and our Urban Indian communities through research, education, and community outreach activities.

    Native American Land Use Committee Members:

    • Mary Ann Villarreal, vice president for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and co-chair

    • Elizabeth Kronk Warner, dean of the S.J. Quinney College of Law and co-chair (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians)

    • Adam Dell, assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics

    • Alberta Comer, dean of libraries

    • Alice Whitacre, associate general counsel, Office of General Counsel

    • Ashley Cordes, assistant professor of indigenous communication (Coquille)

    • Becky Menlove, former director of the visitor experience, Natural History Museum of Utah

    • Charles Sepulveda, assistant professor, Ethnic Studies (Tongva and Acjachemen)

    • Chris Nelson, communications director, University Marketing & Communications

    • Dena Ned, associate professor, College of Social Work (Chickasaw Nation)

    • Greg Smoak, director, American West Center and associate professor of history

    • Morgan Aguilar, communications specialist, University Marketing & Communications

    • Sarah Projansky, associate Vice President for faculty, Academic Affairs

    • Shayma Salih, student, Hinckley Institute of Politics

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