Health Professions commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
The School of Health Professions’ mission is to improve the health and well-being of others. We care deeply about the effects of the social and cultural climate on every person’s ability to live, work, study, innovate, serve and thrive on this campus. We welcome and strive to foster an inclusive and diverse community of people, cultures and abilities.
We also acknowledge our responsibility to dismantle systemic inequities within our professions, which have contributed to long-standing health disparities and the lack of diversity among health care providers. It is our duty to respect and uphold the individual dignity of each student, faculty and staff member in our school, and each person receiving our care and attention, without exception. It is our duty to challenge ourselves to root out systems of bias.
Health Professions students leave our school and become health care providers for a diverse population. They will take an oath to care for others in need without bias. All students, faculty, and staff in the School of Health Professions deserve and are called to contribute to an educational experience and a workplace that holds the same promise.
We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the following ways:
- Continuing to research and educate students and our community about health disparities and strategies to address inequities in health care.
- Expanding mentoring and student support programs to increase sense of belonging and community for Black and other underrepresented students.
- Improving recruitment and admissions practices and policies to reduce barriers for students from marginalized backgrounds.
- Recruiting faculty and staff from underrepresented backgrounds and creating a climate for inclusion and belonging among our colleagues. This includes facilitating ongoing faculty and staff training and education, and implementing inclusive teaching practices and principles.
Student diversity initiatives
The Office of Student Diversity Initiatives coordinates several programs to help support students on their individual college journeys. Learn more about the office.
Traveling diversity library
The library is currently in transition. If you need to check out a book or return a book email Evan Prost at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Traveling Diversity Library is open to all faculty and staff to engage in various topics including age, cultural competency, disability, ethnicity, family role and structure, gender, health, nationality, politics, race, regionality, religion, and socio-economic status.
Committee on inclusion, diversity and equity
The School of Health Professions Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Committee represents faculty in informing and supporting school-wide and departmental/program initiatives focused on promoting inclusive excellence in teaching, research, and service. Areas of focus may include but will not necessarily be limited to: promotion of an inclusive culture/climate, student retention and support, faculty retention and support, staff retention and support, student access, and learning and professional development opportunities.
Diversity and inclusion across SHP curriculum and courses
The School of Health Professions has a Canvas site, Diversity and Inclusion Across SHP Curriculum and Courses, with many resources for faculty and staff. The site was created by the Diversity & Inclusion curriculum subcommittee. To request access, email Evan Prost at email@example.com.
MU Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
The MU Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity (IDE) offers several educational resources and programs for the university community and general public.