SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Diversity Policy
We believe that inclusion of all aspects of education and medicine encompassing diversity augments the richness of an academic community, and fosters intellectual excellence. Similarly, we believe that equity and inclusion are essential to building and sustaining leadership in academic medicine, and critical to advancing health and health care. Thus, we strive to:
- Cultivate and ingrain throughout the academic environment a culture that respects equity and nurtures inclusion, allowing an active demonstration of diversity and pluralism as priorities in the fulfillment of each part of the SOM mission.
- Recognize and embrace a broadly defined spectrum of diversity including race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, culture, religion, physical abilities, veteran status, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, lifestyle preference, and political conviction. In consideration of our obligation to South Texas, we have a specific commitment to diversity as it relates to the recruitment and retention of Hispanics/Latinos and women in our faculty, staff and students communities.
- Uphold all UTHSCSA EEO/AA and Human Resources' policies and practices for non-discrimination in recruitment and employment of any administrative and professional employee, classified staff and other employees, as well as trainees.
- Uphold all equity policies and practices for faculty recruitment and non-discrimination, and employ best practices for insuring broad outreach and inclusive searches.
- 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. Employ continuous quality improvement methods to ensure periodic reassessment of the SOM Diversity Policy and the SOM Diversity Action Plan
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 family of origin background inclusive of any of the following:
- low educational attainment
- rural or South Texas origin;
- Female gender;
- Military veteran status;
- 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
Approved by the SOM Diversity Committee, May 15th, 2014