An environment of diversity, inclusivity, openness, and acceptance is a right for all students, faculty, and staff. Such an environment will best foster education and discovery, with the greatest impact in care to an increasingly diverse local and global community. As stated in our University of Kentucky strategic plan, we are committed to “Enhance the diversity and inclusivity of our University community through recruitment, promotion, and retention of an increasingly diverse population of faculty, administrators, staff, and students, and by implementing initiatives that provide rich diversity-related experiences for all to help ensure their success in an interconnected world.”
At the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, we are firmly committed to enriching the experience for all students, faculty, and staff by actively and collaboratively exploring and adopting these initiatives to expand both the diversity and inclusivity of our campus community.
Robert S. DiPaola, MD
Dean, College of Medicine
Vice President for Clinical Academic Affairs
University of Kentucky
Diversity best positions us to be the most effective teachers, learners, and caregivers. While most of us believe that diversity is important, we are also hesitant about specific initiatives, programs, and services that promote the inclusion and retention of underrepresented students and employees. It is imperative that we use resources across the college to obtain these outcomes. To be our best, cultural consciousness has to be infused into our medical school curriculum, research and teaching innovations, and practice.
Renay Scales, PhD
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion