Juan Ibarra receives the BSD Diversity Equity and Inclusion Award in recognition of Exceptional DEI Leadership and Service from the BSD Diversity Committee (BDC) and the UChicago Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCCCC).
Juan is passionate about playing a leadership role in deconstructing institutionalized forms of racism/exclusion and lending a voice to those who feel marginalized. His personal warmth and ease at advocacy win him committed allies at all levels. In 2021, he served as a mentor for our SHE in Oncology program, and he currently serves as both a peer mentor and advisory committee member for our Chicago EYES on Cancer program.
As student co-chair of the BDC, Juan worked with a small committee to plan and organize the 1st BSD, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice retreat, which provided a space to design collaborative programing and policies to enhance inclusion within the BSD and the greater scientific community. The retreat attracted 200+ faculty and trainees with former U.S. Government Assistant to the Office of Public Engagement, Valerie Jarrett, serving as keynote speaker.
Juan has also established enduring partnerships between the UChicago BSD and the DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center and the National Museum of Mexican Art. Through these, the BDC has launched a series of divisional-wide educational museum visits. Juan currently serves as president of the UChicago chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). He has focused on empowerment through science and cultural identity via a series of conversations led by Latinx leaders across STEM public and private sectors.