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SOM Mission & Policy



Based on the growing body of evidence that inclusion of all factors that expand diversity in perspective and action adds to the richness of an academic community and is essential to building and sustaining leadership in academic medicine, and eminence in advancing health and health care, the UTHSC SOM has established and strives to uphold its Diversity Policy, as follows:

To demonstrate its commitment to diversity and inclusion, the UTHSC SOM strives to uphold its Diversity Policy to...

  • • Cultivate and ingrain throughout the academic environment a culture that values and respects diversity, thereby demonstrating the profound belief that diversity and inclusion add unique, enduring and motivating value to the pursuit and achievement of each part of the SOM mission.
  • • Support SOM leadership appointments and Office(s) for Diversity to address faculty, staff and student diversity and inclusion needs in alignment with institutional leadership and policy guidance.
  • • Support the SOM Diversity Committee, and other diversity and inclusion advocacy groups, to represent faculty, staff, students and trainees, and serve as advisory to the SOM Dean and the Faculty Assembly.
  • • Devise and pursue an institutionally responsive diversity action plan. Employ continuous quality improvement methods to insure periodic reassessment of SOM diversity and inclusion needs and delineation of those specific group whose members the institution seeks to enroll in its student body and trainee classes as well as employ among its faculty and staff because those specific groups are the source of added value for all participants in our SOM learning environments.
  • • Uphold all equity policies and practices for faculty recruitment and non-discrimination, and employ best practices for insuring broad outreach and conducting inclusive searches. Follow UTHSCSA and SOM standards, such as the institution's Resource Guide for Faculty and Executive Committee Recruitment, and the SOM Guidelines for Search Committees.
  • • Uphold all equity policies and practices for faculty retention, professional development, advancement, and transitions across the faculty career 'life-span,' incorporating best practices to provide effective mentoring and a respectful, inclusive and supportive environment.
  • • Establish valid and reliable metrics to gauge diversity accomplishments; insure accuracy of required reports and other data management.
  • • Uphold all UTHSC EEO/AA and Human Resources' policies and practices for non-discrimination in recruitment and employment of any administrative and profession employee, classified staff and other employees, as well as trainees.
  • In his 1965 Oberlin College commencement address, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stated, "All I'm saying is simply this: that all mankind is tied together; all life is interrelated, and we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny." The UTHSCSA SOM's belief in the 'inescapable network of mutuality' is helping insure the maximal inclusion of those factors that expand diversity in perspective and action, enrich the academic community, and facilitate a broader fulfillment of all aspects of our academic mission of excellence.

SOM Diversity Policy Celebrates Diversity Specific to Our Institution

Diversity specific to the SOM means inclusion of those individuals who through their various backgrounds, experiences, perspectives and constitutions add broadened value across the SOM education, research and/or service outcomes, outgrowths, and outreach to our constituents, our South Texas community and the world.

The SOM's inclusive culture continues to seek, attract, retain, educate, train, develop and advance (although is not limited to) individuals with any of the following:

  • life experience and/or professional expertise related to health inequities and/or healthcare disparities, including women's health and healthcare needs;
  • a (nuclear) family of origin background inclusive of any of the following:
    • poverty
    • low educational attainment
    • rural or South Texas origin;
  • female gender;
  • military veteran staus;
  • race/ethnicity of any groups historically underrepresented in medicine, including:
    • Hispanic or Latino, particularly of Cuban, Mexican or Puerto Rican origin, and of any race
    • Black or African American
    • American Indian or Alaskan Native
    • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander