Kathleen Brown, MD, Clinical Professor, Radiology; Section Chief, Thoracic Imaging.
Diversity and Inclusion: 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 goal. 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.
In addition to our mission regarding faculty, we are committed to celebrating and encouraging the diversity of students, trainees, and staff at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Diversity celebrates the richness of our individual differences whether they are based on gender, race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, language, religion, or abilities. Excellence is achieved through the diversity of thought and opinion that helps eradicate barriers for success, expands research goals, and improves patient care.
The Office of Diversity Affairs through partnership with the Office of Academic Affairs is integrated to ensure compliance with relevant academic policies and procedures and to develop enhanced mentorship of junior faculty. We work closely with the campus Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity to ensure that the DGSOM faculty employment policies and practices comply with all relevant Federal, State, and University requirements for equal opportunity, non-discrimination, and affirmative action. Together with the DGSOM department chairs, we are working to enhance recruitment and retention efforts to advance excellence through diversity.
In the first year we established programs of inclusiveness in order to enhance the faculty experience. The group Faculty Partners for Diversity had its initial meeting in November of 2009 and identified several areas for development including the establishment of a new longitudinal lecture series designed for junior faculty: "Navigating the Academic Roadmap", improving mentorship for early and mid-career faculty, developing new networking opportunities for faculty, and identifying key issues for faculty retention. In addition we are partnering with individual departments to help their faculty attend national programs designed for career enhancement. This year we are working with community leaders to develop Community Partners for Diversity to help develop new strategies for university and community interactions that celebrate and enhance the diversity of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
We welcome broad participation and new ideas to enhance the climate at UCLA. Please contact us with your thoughts, suggestions, and availability to work together with us in the future.
Lynn Gordon, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean, Diversity Affairs
Assistant to the Dean