Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

The Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee at the Center for Better Beginnings was established in October 2019. We support a team of faculty, staff and volunteers who are dedicated to reaching the goal of everyone having an equal opportunity to live healthier lives — no matter their background, socioeconomic status or current state of health.

Statement of Purpose

We are committed to leading efforts to build a more representative, equitable, and inclusive Center in order to strengthen the quality, relevance and impact of our research, programs and services.


We seek to be respectful and compassionate with one another and our community.

Initiating EDI conversations within our Center and the community we serve. Creating equitable and collaborative partnerships

Fostering a space where people feel heard, accepted and valued. Creating a welcoming positive space.

Growth & Improvement
Constantly learning, staying open to change, supporting growth and removing barriers. Reviewing and informing policies and practices throughout our Center.

Practice and encourage transparent communication within our Center and the community we serve.

Unique Perspectives
Appreciating and leveraging the diverse viewpoints and backgrounds of our Center members and clients. Recruiting, supporting and retaining diverse faculty, staff and clients.

Quality Services
Providing accessible, quality programs and services to our community.

Evaluating and assessing progress towards our purpose statement and recognizing achievements and successes.

Committee Members

Ashleigh Blomfield Villarba

Ashley Swan 

Amanda de Leon

Brittany Swedeen

Cesar Perez Gomez 

Cipactli Gutierrez 

Christina Chambers

Lillian Tureaud

Martina Cotton

Robert Felix



Lillian Tureaud, MPH

Lillian Tureaud, MPH
Research and Program Administrator
858.246.1743 | ltureaud@health.ucsd.edu