The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion focuses on important initiatives including:
- Raising awareness of diversity in the campus community
- Developing and sharing strategies and educational methods to enhance inclusivity in our organizational culture
- Supporting efforts to recruit and retain a more diverse workforce
- Developing and improving the career development paths for underrepresented minorities working at the School of Medicine
What do we mean by diversity, equity and inclusion?
Diversity, equity and inclusion are three specific ideas that work in concert.
- Diversity – we are mindful of all dimensions of human differences and define diversity in the broadest sense to mean inclusion of all persons regardless of racial and ethnic background, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, religious beliefs, ability, age and socioeconomic status. Diversity embodies inclusiveness, mutual respect, multiple perspectives, and serves as a catalyst for change resulting in health equity. (adapted from www.aamc.org/gdi).
- Equity – we strive to ensure that all members of the WUSM community have access to opportunity and can attain their full potential by promoting fair treatment and proactively working to remove barriers that have prevented full participation by some populations. We recognize that equity is not achieved by treating everyone equally, rather by treating everyone equitably.
- Inclusion – achieved by nurturing the climate and culture of the institution through professional development, education, policy, and practice. The objective is to create a climate that fosters belonging, shared respect, and value for all and encourage engagement and connection throughout the institution and community. Inclusion is a core element for successfully achieving diversity. (adapted from www.aamc.org/gdi).
Research and data indicate that the highest functioning workplace teams are those that have greater diversity among members and are encouraged and taught to excel in collaboration.