Two named to College of Medicine DEI leadership team

From left, Armando De Alba, MD, and Liliana Bronner

From left, Armando De Alba, MD, and Liliana Bronner

Armando De Alba, MD, and Liliana Bronner have been named to the leadership team of the UNMC College of Medicine’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

The Bronner file

Liliana Bronner holds master’s degrees in health services administration and business administration. She will continue in her role as an assistant professor and clinical education manager in the UNMC Department of Family Medicine. She also will continue to serve as co-director of the Interprofessional Education Coil for the medical school curriculum. During her career at UNMC, she has been involved in building the infrastructure support for pathway programs for rural students under the HRSA funded Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program. She also has extensive experience implementing outreach and educational enrichment efforts for Native American students through three NIH-funded R25 grants where she serves as co-investigator: Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA), Youth Enjoy Science (YES), and Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT).

Dr. De Alba is the assistant dean of DEI student programs, and Bronner is the director of medical pathway programs.

Shirley Delair, MD, associate dean for DEI in the college, announced the appointments Monday.

In her new role, Bronner will support the DEI office in its collaboration with the admissions office in leveraging current pathway programs — such as the Rural Health Opportunities Program, the Urban Health Opportunities Program and the Kearney Health Opportunities Program in the recruitment and retention of students underrepresented in medicine. She will help develop alternative pathways to medicine programs to improve student diversity at the college, as well as establishing and managing program metrics for current programs and developing a dashboard to specifically monitor efforts to recruit underrepresented students in medicine.

In his new role, Dr. De Alba will support the DEI office in its collaboration with the admissions office in recommending strategies to recruit a diverse pool of medical students that reflect the population served. He also will work on policies and procedures to foster an inclusive climate at the college for students. Dr. De Alba will help develop service-learning opportunities allowing students to strive for inclusive excellence that will benefit underserved and marginalized communities by providing training on best practices in community engagement and advocacy.

The De Alba file

Armando De Alba, MD, currently is an assistant professor in the UNMC Department of Health Promotion at the College of Public Health. With his new role he will be transitioning to the UNMC Department of Family Medicine in the College of Medicine. Dr. De Alba is a former national health disparities fellow for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Office of Minority Health, and has extensive experience in advocacy and community engagement.Dr. De Alba has mentored and advised medical students from diverse backgrounds with interests in public health and other health care careers. Dr. De Alba was the recipient of the 2020 President’s Excellence Award from the University of Nebraska.

Pointing to Dr. De Alba’s extensive work in health care for underserved populations through both public health and medical care lenses, Dr. Delair said: “Dr. De Alba’s experience will be invaluable to the DEI office goals to enhance student education through service-learning, community engagement and advocacy in order to build a workforce to help address health disparities in our state and beyond.”

“I enjoy building bridges between the health sector and underserved communities while holding the values of social justice, equity, inclusion, diversity, academic excellence and respect,” Dr. De Alba said. “I’m grateful to the UNMC College of Public Health for the support I received for 10 years while carrying out this mission, and I am honored and grateful to the College of Medicine for the opportunity to work together with an excellent team of DEI leaders and distinguished colleagues in education, research and health care.”

Dr. Delair noted Bronner’s work in building the infrastructure support for pathway programs for rural students under the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program and her experience implementing outreach and enrichment efforts for Native American students.

“Her understanding of program development, coordination and management, and the broad network she has developed with key underrepresented groups will support the DEI office in attracting a diverse pool of students into medicine,” Dr. Delair said.

“My main goal in this new role is fostering the use of innovative and evidence-based approaches to improve the recruitment and retention efforts for underrepresented students in medicine,” Bronner said. “This moment is vital for our college. I am excited and extremely honored to be more involved with efforts to create a more diverse, open and inclusive environment. Working with a talented team of faculty and staff, I look forward to creating a richer experience for incoming students.”


  1. Beth Beam says:

    Congratulations to both of you! Appreciate your leadership!

  2. Gail Brondum says:

    Congratulations to both of you! It is a pleasure and privilege to know you, Dr. De Alba! Your passion for bridge-building is obvious!

  3. Emily McElroy says:

    Terrific news!!

  4. Karina Bishop says:

    Congratulations to you both!

  5. Kara Foster says:

    Fantastic appointments!!

  6. regina idoate says:

    Congratulations to the College of Medicine! and all those who get to work with the two of you! Two stars..I'm thrilled for you both. What a perfect fit!

  7. Carol Russell says:

    Carol Russell

  8. Dr. Drea Jones says:

    Congrats to two incredibly dedicated professionals striving for racial justice and health equity at UNMC. I’m excited to see this progress on campus!

  9. Dr. Donna L. Polk says:

    Congratulations Dr. De Alba and Liliana Bronner. Dr. Delair is putting a terrific team together.

  10. Romeo J. Guerra says:

    Congratulations De. De Alba, your commitment and passion for serving the underserved coupled with your direct involvement in the community will certainly be a great assest the College of Medicine and the public.

  11. Marlon R Morales says:


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