Chicago: International Women's Day 2016 Keynote Event

Join the University of Chicago's Office of International Affairs at a reception dinner and celebration with International Women's Day keynote speaker, Dr. Monica Vela, MD'93.

Cost: FREE
Registration Required


International Women's Day is a worldwide holiday celebrated annually on March 8th. Here at the University of Chicago, we honor women in a month long celebration. Working with RSOs, departments, students, and faculty, the Office of International Affairs celebrates the economic, social, and political accomplishments of women and gender equality. On Tuesday, March 8th, join the University of Chicago's Office of International Affairs at a reception dinner and celebration with International Women's Day keynote speaker, Dr. Monica Vela, MD'93:

Dr. Vela received her MD degree in 1993 at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, completed residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago in 1996. She provides primary care for patients at UCM’s Primary Care Group. Dr. Vela has served as the Associate Vice Chair for Diversity within the Department of Medicine (DOM) since 2006. She is also the Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs at the Pritzker School of Medicine, directs the medical school’s Health Disparities: Equity and Advocacy Course, and has published on diversity and disparities in health.

Dr. Vela has served as the Chair of the Society of General Internal Medicine’s Disparities Education Committee. She is also a National Advisor to the Latino Medical Students Association, which awarded her Mentor of the Year in 2010. She is the 2010 recipient of the DOM’s Diversity Award and the 2011 recipient of the American College of Physicians’ Award for Diversity and Access to Care. She has received numerous teaching awards from Pritzker students and has traveled across the country to share her innovative work broadly through scholarship, publications, and presentations. She was listed as an expert in diversity in medicine in a recent U.S. Supreme Court writ. In 2014, Dr. Vela received three major awards in recognition of her work: the Society of General Internal Medicine’s Herbert W. Nickens Minority Health & Representation in Medicine Award, the Biological Sciences Distinguished Community Service and Advocacy Award and the inaugural Alpha Omega Alpha Fellowship in Leadership Award.

Event Contact
Gabrielle Mendy Class of 2017
gcmendy@uchicago.edu