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Diversity Strategy, Definition and Goals

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Diversity Strategy

 

Mission: Reason for being

 

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is a diverse, inclusive academic community committed to excellence and equity in health, and wellness through teaching and learning, clinical service, advocacy, and research in all forms of biological science, population health science, and health care.

 

Vision: Our place in the world

 

To be a premier academic, integrated medical and public health research institution that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 

Values: The ideals we live by

  • Accountability
  • Collaboration
  • Compassion
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Inclusion
  • Innovation
  • Respect for the rights, dignity and differences of all
  • Shared Responsibility

Strategies:

  • Promote shared values of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Engage School of Medicine and Public Health leadership in diversity and inclusion through professional development and communication
  • Secure our future through recruiting and retaining a diverse group of students, post graduate learners, faculty, and staff
  • Improve the coordination and communication of school and campus diversity planning

Equity and Diversity Committee Diversity Definition

 

The UW School of Medicine and Public Health definition of diversity encompasses differences of race and ethnicity; language; nationality; age; sex; gender, and gender identity or expression; sexual orientation; socioeconomic status; first generation learners; non-traditional educational experiences; religion; character traits; learning styles; all physical abilities; individuals born and raised in rural areas; and those from groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine.

 

The UW School of Medicine and Public Health embraces the Association of American Medical College (AAMC) Group on Diversity and Inclusion’s (GDI) definition of diversity1. The UW School of Medicine and Public Health also embraces the Forward Together; University of Wisconsin-Madison Framework for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence definition of diversity2.

 

The school supports the AAMC’s definition of underrepresented in medicine:

“Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.”

1. “Diversity as a core value embodies inclusiveness, mutual respect, and multiple perspectives and serves as a catalyst for change resulting in health equity. In this context, we are mindful of all aspects of human differences such as socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, geography, disability and age.”

 

2. “Diversity Defined - Previous diversity plans have focused on race, ethnicity and gender, which remain critical problems for UW-Madison. We recognize, however, that to achieve Inclusive Excellence a strategic framework should be expanded to include additional dimensions of diversity. This framework defines diversity as: race and ethnicity; sex; gender, and gender identity or expression; marital status; age; sexual orientation; country of origin; language; disability; socio-economic status; and affiliations that are based on cultural, political, religious, or other identities.”


Goals

  • Goal 1: Promote communication about diversity and inclusion to encourage shared values
  • Goal 2: Improve collaboration and coordination of UW School of Medicine and Public Health diversity and inclusion planning and programming (focusing on offices, modules, departments and schools at the School of Medicine and Public Health)
  • Goal 3: Enhance curricula at all levels in the area of diversity, inclusion and climate
  • Goal 4: Engage with campus and community partnerships on diversity, inclusion and equity efforts (focus on broader campus, community, state and nation)
  • Goal 5: Improve School of Medicine and Public Health success through effective recruitment of diverse students, faculty and staff and improve the retention of these individuals

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Diversity Strategy, Definition and Goals

Last updated: 03/31/2017
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