The Miller School of Medicine is committed to fostering diversity. Diversity enriches the medical environment by building mutual respect and teamwork to prepare students, faculty members and staff for citizenship in an increasingly complex society. It strengthens the environment by providing opportunities for communication between people of varied backgrounds, promoting personal growth and a healthy community by encouraging critical thinking and challenging preconceptions. Furthermore, as a diverse community, the school is better prepared to face the challenges of the future, in advancing medical knowledge with research, and in dealing with the clinical needs of our society.

Mission Statement and Objectives

To advance a learning and working environment in which each student, faculty member, employee and trainee is encouraged and empowered to reach his or her fullest potential regardless of age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, or political background.

To develop a healthcare workplace that will fulfill our commitment to caring for a diverse, local and international community.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion office was designed:

• To recruit, develop, and retain, a committed and diverse academic community able to lead and promote excellence and innovation.

• To assess and monitor measurable outcomes that can serve as markers of progress regarding the hiring, promotion and retention of a diverse faculty and workforce.

• To align key systems and processes to reflect and promote diverse academic experiences for medical students.

• To support the continued promotion and professional development of members of the academic community during times of life transition such as childbirth, eldercare and other personal responsibilities and professional transitions such as retirement.

• To support community outreach programs to encourage and mentor middle school and high school, college, medical students and medical residents to enter academics, especially in fields in which diversity is lacking (e.g. women and underrepresented minorities in science and engineering).