» We Celebrate Our Differences
At the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, we seek diverse students who possess the abilities to be great physicians. We select students who are determined to achieve great things -- students who will be the next generation to improve health and health care for everyone.
With Diversity, Everyone Counts
Diversity encompasses acceptance and respect through understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing individual differences. Differences may be the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs or other ideologies.
The exploration of these differences in a safe, positive and nurturing environment and celebrating the rich dimensions contained within each individual is what diversity is all about. Diversity is about a commitment to recognize and appreciate the variety of characteristics that make individuals unique. We strive for an atmosphere that promotes individual and collective achievement.
We celebrate and learn from diversity and we value individual differences. Diversity is central to our academic school of medicine mission and serves as a driver of program excellence.
The office of diversity is committed to devising strategies and overseeing initiatives within the School of Medicine that will shape worldviews and foster a mind set open to different perspectives, new ideas and innovative solutions. We work to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where differences are respected and valued.
We will continuously make every effort to provide support and assist students in successfully completing their medical education. We strive for an inclusive, supportive environment, empowering individuals to achieve their academic objectives and increase their intercultural competencies and knowledge of social justice issues.
Everyone has a vital role and an important stake in diversity work, whether it is working together to eliminate health disparities or self-educating to become more culturally competent. We will continue to collaborate within and across different communities to reduce inequalities and to create an environment that will facilitate the academic achievement of racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession.