A Message From Dean Perrin
The College of Health is fully committed to diversity and inclusive excellence, and aims to provide a warm and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff regardless of race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or protected veteran status. Our vision is a college where the values of equity and inclusion guide the personal and professional interactions of all members of the faculty, staff, and student body. The College of Health is also committed to diversifying the health professions workforce, which is inextricably linked to reducing health disparities in our country. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies reports several benefits to racial and ethnic diversity among health care providers, including:
- racial and ethnic health care providers are more likely to serve minority and medically underserved communities, thereby increasing access to care;
- racial and ethnic minority patients report greater levels of satisfaction with care provided by minority health care professionals; and
- racial and ethnic health care providers can help health systems in efforts to reduce cultural and linguistic barriers and improve cultural competence.
The College of Health’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, comprised of faculty, staff, and students, is exploring and implementing new approaches to promoting diversity and inclusive excellence within the College. It also seeks to develop a more culturally competent health professions workforce, which profoundly influences how health professionals deliver health care. I invite you to join the College of Health’s dialogue on diversity and inclusion by engaging with the efforts of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.