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Mission, Vision, Values, Philosophy & Goals

Mission

The Office of Diversity Education and Research is responsible for implementing, sustaining, and evaluating structured programs that attract and retain students, trainees, and faculty from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in medicine and biomedical research. The Office provides a nurturing and supportive environment that cultivates the next generation of diverse leaders in medicine, biomedical research, and public health. The Office supports an array of programs that advance the Medical College’s ability to: 1)remain at the forefront of delivering patient-centered and culturally sensitive care, 2) be a leader in cross-cultural medical education, 3) pioneer interdisciplinary health equity research, and 4) advocate for social justice and community engagement.

Our Vision

Is to create a nationally renowned diversity program that will attract and train future clinicians, public health advocates, and scientists who will be able to apply culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate strategies to combating the most compelling health inequities and public health challenges.

Our Values

The Office operates on 4 pillars:

  • mutual respect for differences in ideology, perspectives, experiences, identity, and ability;
  • support for students, trainees, and faculty from underrepresented and marginalized groups;
  • equity in academic leadership;
  • Community advocacy and engagement.

Our Philosophy

We embrace a broad view of diversity that cuts across, but is not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, language, culture, religious practices, socioeconomic background, and life experiences.

Our Goals

  • Expand and build comprehensive pipelines programs
  • Support and advocate for students, faculty, and trainees from underrepresented groups
  • Develop opportunities for academic leadership for women and minority faculty
  • Develop cross-cultural educational and community-based experiences for students and trainees
  • Advance research and scholarship on the topic of increasing biomedical workforce diversity

5 Key Strategic Goals:

  1. Expand and build comprehensive pipeline programs
  2. Support and advocate for students, faculty, and trainees from underrepresented groups
  3. Develop academic leadership opportunities for women and minority faculty
  4. Develop cross-cultural educational and community-based experiences for students and trainees
  5. Advance research and scholarship on the topic of increasing biomedical work-force diversity