The Division for Equity and Inclusion at the University of New Mexico presents Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, author of the 2011 Lobo Reading Experience selection, "The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: A Native American Surgeon's Journey," on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Jozi DeLeon, vice president for Equity and Inclusion said that she is proud to bring Alvord to campus. "Her work is inspiring and highlights the additive quality diverse perspectives bring to any situation and the unique possibilities they provide to conventional issues."

Alvord will participate in a Traditional Healers Panel in conjunction with the Health Science Center's Office of Diversity from 10 - 11: 30 a.m. in Domenici West 3010. The panel will discuss traditional medical practices, how traditional medicine is integrated into practices and traditional medicine practices. Panelists include Nicole Gonzales, CNM, Dr. Eliseo "Cheo" Torres, UNM, and Shannon Fleg. A question and answer session will follow.

An Evening with Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord is set from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom A. She will discuss her book. The event is free and open to the public.

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