Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our Mission

Established in 2019, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council is an action-oriented group composed of a diverse representation of six faculty members and two staff members from the department of behavioral science. The DEI Council will provide leadership, accountability, and recommendations to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment within the department. The DEI Council’s mission is grounded in broad principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion as they relate to academic medicine, and more specifically behavioral science.

Diversity Advisory Council Working Definitions

Diversity as a core value embodies inclusiveness, mutual respect, and multiple perspectives and serves as a catalyst for change. In this context, the DEI Council is 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.

Inclusion is a core element for successfully achieving diversity. Inclusion is achieved by nurturing the climate and culture of the institution through professional development, education, policy, and practice. The objective is creating a climate that fosters belonging, respect, and value for all and encourages engagement and connection throughout the department.

Equity is a condition achieved when everyone has the opportunity to attain their full potential and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of their social position or other socially-determined circumstance.