The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) guides strategies for integrating diversity and promoting excellence into UMMC’s three mission areas – education, research and health care. We foster a climate of inclusion throughout our workforce and student body, where respect for different points of views, backgrounds, and cultures are seen as strengths that enable the entire academic health center to benefit from each individual’s unique talent and perspective.
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We collaborate with schools, departments, and programs to support strategies designed to increase enrollment, recruitment and retention of diverse individuals who demonstrate academic excellence and those with unique talents and abilities which complement the academic setting.
We partner with leaders to build and sustain a diverse and competent health care workforce which is essential to ensuring a rich and fully empowered health system; and treating the diverse populations we serve.
We strive to develop culturally competent researchers and study investigators to improve understanding on how factors such as gender, ethnicity, genetic information, and lifestyle choices impede positive health outcomes.