Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is one of the eight strategic domains for UNMC Department of Dermatology. We strive to be a model department in these areas. The University of Nebraska Medical Center's (UNMC) goal is to "advance the programs & culture of UNMC as an exemplary culturally sensitive, diverse & inclusive organization in its mission of transforming lives." UNMC promotes equal educational and employment opportunities in an academic and work environment, free from discrimination and/or harassment. The UNMC College of Medicine (COM) is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for all members of the academic community, including students, residents, fellows, faculty, administration, and staff.
The UNMC Department of Dermatology has numerous strategies and initiatives to increase recruitment, selection, and retention of a diverse workforce. A few things you should know about us:
- We do not tolerate racism, sexism, or discrimination of any kind.
- Our department undergoes annual unconscious and implicit bias training of all faculty, trainees, and staff.
- We have an inclusive resident physician recruitment and selection policy including minimizing the use of filters and performing an individual-level review of all NRMP/residency applications.
- We are committed to creating and maintaining a welcoming and safe environment for all learners, faculty, staff, and patients.
- We perform annual reviews and have developed metrics to ensure equality in pay, support and opportunity.
- We have created a culture of inclusion and encourage a balance between professional and personal lives.
Adapted from the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
Diversity: Individual differences, (e.g., personality, prior knowledge, and life experiences), group and social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, indigeneity, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, country of origin, and (dis)ability), historically underrepresented populations, and cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations.
Inclusion: The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity — in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect — in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions.
Equity: The creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access to and participate in educational programs that are capable of closing the achievement gaps in student success and completion.
Inclusive Excellence: Designed to help colleges and universities integrate diversity, equity, and educational quality efforts into their missions and institutional operations. It calls for higher education to address diversity, inclusion, and equity as critical to the well-being of democratic culture. It is an active process through which colleges and universities achieve excellence in learning, teaching, student development, institutional functioning, and engagement in local and global communities.