Diversity, Inclusion & Outreach at the David Geffen School of Medicine
The purpose of the Diversity, Inclusion & Outreach (DIO) office is to create a culture of inclusion where the diversity of medical students feel respected for their contributions and to produce future generations of culturally aware and competent physicians with who will be actively involved in reducing health care disparities and providing the highest quality patient care for all patients . We provide advising and referrals, enrichment activities that enhance the medical curriculum, and promote effective communication among medical students In addition, a substantial portion of the DIO efforts are devoted to conducting our nationally recognized academic preparation programs that are designed for promising pre-medical students who come from an educationally and/or economically disadvantaged background.
The Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Outreach (DIO) provides advising and support for enrichment programs that support current students. Students come to weekly drop-in hours for supportive advising while in medical school and discuss a variety of topics related to inclusion and diversity. We support enrichment programs such as the annual Cultural Awareness Week, Minority Health Conference, Secrets of Success, and Orientation Week programs that are designed to increase students’ awareness of health care disparities and diversity issues in medicine. We co-lead the Prologue to Medicine program that prepares newly admitted students with the skills and knowledge to succeed in medical school. The Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Outreach also provides opportunities for current students to reach out to pre-medical student communities to encourage them to pursue careers in medicine and health care. We work closely with student organizations including SNMA, LMSA, MEDGLO, APAMSA, and AMA to promote programs in support of inclusion and diversity.
We, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, aim for excellence in all tenets of healthcare, including education, research, community engagement, and clinical care. We believe that the core values of diversity and inclusion are inseparable from our institutional goals. DGSOM leadership is committed to fostering an environment that celebrates the unique backgrounds, contributions, and opinions of each individual. Through fair and deliberate recruitment, hiring practices, promotions, admissions, and education, DGSOM will draw its talent from across the community and provide the highest quality of service to everyone we encounter. We believe in a system that supports outstanding faculty, fellows, residents, staff, and students with different perspectives and experiences. By a process of continual reevaluation, reflection, and shared responsibility, we are unwavering in our dedication to equality, communication, and respect. Adopted September 2012 by the UCLA Medical Student Council Adopted September 2012 by the UCLA School of Medicine Faculty Executive Committee
“Diversity – a defining feature of California’s past, present and future – refers to the variety of personal experiences, values and world views that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and geographic region, and more.”
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Contact the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach Monica Ugwu Perkins Jam Narte Interim Director Program Coordinator
Please send any inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org 885 Tiverton Drive, Suite 305Los Angeles, CA 90095 (310) 825-3575
For additional contact information please see the Diversity, Inclusion & Outreach staff directory.