Committed to Inclusion and Diversity

UCI Department of Urology is committed to inclusion and diversity in patient care and internally. One of our faculty has been particularly engaged in the community.

For many years, Dr. Leon Seard has been actively engaged in community education, especially in the area of Prostate Cancer Awareness for African American Men. Recently, he was honored by Second Baptist Church as a Man of the Year for his contribution to the church and its community. Additionally, Dr. Seard has for many years been a member of the 100 Black Men of Orange County, a local chapter of the international mentoring organization for African American young men. He has been an integral part of the Health and Wellness curriculum for the young men, which has included experiencing the technology of the Urology skills lab, giving them unprecedented exposure to the minimally invasive surgical instrumentation, the da Vinci robot, as well as learning surgical skills. The exposure has been an exciting part of their learning.


Earlier in the year, like other members of the UCI medical family, Dr. Seard participated in the memorial tribute to George Floyd that took place on the greenspace in front of Douglas Hospital. He joined in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement with students, faculty, staff and administrators.

Out of that participation, Dr. Seard joined LEAD-ABC (Leadership Education to Advance Diversity—African, Black, Caribbean as a faculty mentor. The group is established for the purpose of advocacy, support and recruitment of medical students who have demonstrated a commitment to serving the African, Black, and Caribbean (ABC) communities.

The program is interdisciplinary as incredible faculty advisors like Dr. Tiffany Willoughby-Herard from the School of African American Studies have been involved since its inception. Its recent activities have included a Schwartz Rounds ZOOM panel on the topic “Exploring Systems of Systemic Racism in the Healthcare Setting”, a screening of “OC ABC Narratives”, blood pressure screening in tandem with community partners at Christ Our Redeemer African Methodist Church, obtaining the Confronting Extremism grant to help promote anti-racism in medicine, producing a video where local community members discuss their experiences in healthcare and their hopes surrounding racism in Orange County, and “check-in” ZOOM sessions where the students are given a space to share and be supported in a safe environment and unpack the feelings that brew while being a medical student of color in today’s social climate. This has been immeasurably beneficial to all involved and has provided many opportunities to support creation of pipeline programs and enhance recruitment and retention efforts. As LEAD-ABC works to expand and create partnerships with other medical schools, the program will also create residency tracks. We hope to one day have a LEAD-ABC Urology track to increase diversity in the field and work to decrease disparities and increase community engagement with the ABC men in Orange County.

The Department of Urology is pleased to share in UCI’s commitment to inclusion and diversity and appreciates the alliance, partnership, and leadership of the School of Medicine Dean, Dr. Michael Stamos, the School of Medicine Vice Dean and Co-Founder, Dr. Khan-Van Le-Bucklin, Co-Directors Drs. Carol Major and Candice Taylor Lucas, and former Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion of the College of Health Sciences, Dr. Terrance Mayes as they continue to enhance the LEAD—ABC program as it works to be a model for similar programs across the country and improve health outcomes in some of our most under-served communities.

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