Mission/Vision: To make IUSM the leader in culturally competent education, care and research and to develop a culture where all individuals within our community feel included, valued and respected.
Defining Diversity at IUSM: As our society becomes increasingly multicultural, we must not only work to address the racial and ethnic health disparities in the United States, but also to recognize the all the identities and unique intersections that account for the rich diversity in this nation. However, diversity is about much more. In its broadest meaning, diversity goes beyond race, ethnicity, and gender to consider other areas of difference such as religion, socio-economic status, age and generational differences, geographic differences, sexual orientation, people with disabilities, work styles, and character traits. Each person has his or her own unique combination of such characteristics. The Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) defines diversity as: a core value that 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 such as race, ethnicity, language, nationality, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, work styles, character traits, all levels of family wealth and educational advantage, all disabilities, individuals born and raised in rural areas, first generation learners, and those from groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine.
Unlike the broad definition of diversity, the definition of groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine is narrowly defined. Underrepresented in medicine (URM) is defined as “racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the population.” Given this definition, IUSM has identified Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino as URM populations. Additionally, IUSM includes first generation learners, learners from rural areas, and educationally and economically disadvantaged learners as additional groups to target in our recruitment and retention efforts.