Diversity Affairs

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About Us

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.

IUPUI Statement of Civility

The IUPUI community has dedicated itself to creating an environment where each
individual is valued and can succeed. Our institutional ethic compels us to foster the best possible
environment for doing our work as educators, learners, and
supporters of the educational process. When our members are prevented from
doing their best, the entire community is diminished.
Our commitment to be a diverse and inclusive campus relies on all community
members to do their part. While no set of rules or policies can wholly govern
human conduct, civility requires respect and a thoughtful and careful balancing of
differing points of view.As members of an institution of higher learning, we must periodically reaffirm the
fundamental ethics and values that form the framework for our university. This
means fostering a climate of acceptance, mutual respect, academic freedom, and
civil discourse. Civil discourse is a form of dialogue that acknowledges and
gives voice to one another’s ideas, experiences, and beliefs.
Civility and respect should be extended to all persons regardless of their role,
status, or social identity. We encourage everyone to speak and act thoughtfully
and judiciously and with respect for one another. We may not always agree with
one another, but when we disagree, we are called to respond with civility