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Voices of DEI: Heidi Zapata, MD, PhD

December 11, 2022

Introducing Heidi Zapata, MD, PhD, of the Section of Infectious Diseases.

What does diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to you personally?

As a latina female, diversity, equity and inclusion means that I am accepted for who I am and where I come from. It also means that I extend that acceptance to others.

Why do you value diversity?

Diversity is recognizing that each flower (or human) is individual and beautiful and accepting the individuality and beauty. Every individual is different, and I want to value that.

Why should an academic setting be equal and inclusive?

Academics should be about pursuing knowledge. It should not be a place to worry about being accepted, or to worry about race.

What do you look forward to most?

I want to help make the university a better place for future trainees.

What have you noticed in the department?

I like that we are admitting our shortcomings, and trying to do something about it. I know that with effort Yale can become a more inclusive place.

The Department of Internal Medicine’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Internal Medicine knows that diversity, equity, and inclusion is critical to our mission; that providing a safe, welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds results in beneficial diversity of thought; and believes that having a diverse team enhances our ability to provide excellent clinical care, research, and medical education.

Submitted by Amy Anderson on December 12, 2022