The Long School of Medicine (LSOM) is an academic health-related institution that is firmly rooted in its tripartite mission of research, education and patient care and is committed to discovery and innovation, community engagement, and inclusive excellence by all of its members.
As the rapidly changing demographics are reshaping the delivery of health care taking place today, we are committed to creating a biomedical workforce and student body that reflects this change. We view diversity as a core value which 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, both at the individual level (e.g., life experiences, learning and working styles, personality types) and group-level or those that are instantaneously recognizable and used to categorize individuals into discrete social categories, such as socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, cis-gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, geography, disability, age, and more.
At the LSOM we are particularly focused on those we believe add particular value to our learning environment and have the potential to address health disparities in our community. Health disparities—gaps in health and healthcare that mirror differences in geographic location, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, education—remain persistent and pervasive. Programs and initiatives are aimed to meet the needs of our learners and institutional culture yet building on effective practices to support the success of students, faculty, residents, and staff traditionally underrepresented in academic medicine (based on race/ethnicity, cis-gender identity, socioeconomic, and first-generation college status).
Diversity policy statement
To ensure our institutional policy demonstrates a commitment to an environment whereby diversity and inclusion are driving forces instrumental to the fulfillment of our mission.