Our Latest Action: Taking a Stand Against Racism
All across the Health Sciences campus, we value diversity, equity and inclusion. We’re taking action in a number of ways to create the best experience possible for individuals from all walks of life — from admissions and hiring to coursework and campus recreation.
For admissions and hiring, we’re assessing procedures concerning DEI principles, as well as focusing on strategic recruitment and sharing best practices for search committees and outreach. Once our students, faculty and staff are here, we want to make sure they feel welcome. To do that, we’re identifying and implementing DEI resources and programming for the Health Sciences community, both on and off-campus. We’re also creating new welcome materials and processes to ease the transition for new faculty, staff and trainees from the international community.
For students, we’re creating learning opportunities that provide for delivery of inclusive healthcare practices, and increasing examples of underrepresented individuals into clinical cases, OSCEs and patient counseling activities. We’re also connecting the student organizations on campus — Multicultural Association of Students in Healthcare; Minorities Aspiring in Health Professions; Student Healthcare Alliance for Promoting Equality — to create a mentorship pipeline, so they have a ready-made support system.
Across Health Sciences, we’re bringing more diverse speakers to seminars and workshops. We’re also participating in a number of training opportunities to raise awareness of implicit bias, microaggressions and more. We’re also using inclusive language, as well as reviewing course syllabi for regulatory body DEI policy and inclusive language.
We know we have many areas surrounding DEI in which we can improve. But we also want to highlight some of the ways we're progressing along the way.
We’re in the Association of American Medical Colleges’ 25th quartile for endowments held by women
We have implemented a new Diversity, Inclusion and Healthcare Disparities curriculum thread for undergraduate medical students, which includes 55-plus learning events threaded throughout four years
Our School of Public Health has launched a Common Read program, highlighting the books Educated, Hillbilly Elegy, The Hate U Give