BSOM's Statement of Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
The mission of the Brody School of Medicine (BSOM) at East Carolina University is to 1) increase the supply of primary care physicians to serve the state of North Carolina, 2) improve the health status of citizens in Eastern North Carolina, and 3) enhance the access of minority and disadvantaged students to a medical education. Recognizing that exceptionally qualified students, faculty, and staff from a variety of backgrounds are essential to achieving this mission, the BSOM is steadfast in its commitment to:
❑ fostering an open-minded, inclusive environment that recognizes, respects, values, and supports diversity among patients, students, faculty and staff;
❑ recruiting, facilitating the success of, and retaining students, faculty, and staff who represent diversity in such areas as gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic and geographic background;
❑ enhancing student, faculty, and staff competence and expertise in caring for the citizens of Eastern North Carolina, including patients who are ethnically diverse, rural, and often disadvantaged, through the provision of high quality clinical training and biomedical and behavioral research that improves health and reduces disparities.
We strive for a diverse student body and workforce to create a climate of mutual respect for all members of our community. Through these efforts, we will have a positive impact on student education and patient care. Additionally, we will work to reduce health disparities through community engagement and population health research. Therefore, our specific diversity goals are to:
1. Increase and enhance the recruitment, advancement, and retention of women and of diverse, under-represented faculty, students, and staff by ensuring that their voices are represented on search and selection committees; providing mentoring, support services and faculty development programs; assessing departmental diversity; and supporting pipeline programs.
2. Enhance training, competence, and expertise in diversity education among students, faculty and staff through, curricular integration; professional development opportunities for faculty and staff; and extracurricular support of student activities focused on diversity, such as the Student National Medical Association, Safe Zone training, Diversity Week, and Gay-Straight Alliance.
3. Establish a prominent and visible presence for diversity affairs at BSOM to serve as a locus for support, resources, counseling, and planned activities.