Diversity and inclusion are not just academic buzzwords. They are an essential component of academic medicine, both to promote equity and fairness among our employees, and to fulfill the School of Medicine's mission for excellence in education, research, and clinical care. Our Office of Diversity & Inclusion is committed to toward building this kind of environment, where all students, faculty, and staff from varying backgrounds and life experiences feel belonging, engaged, and productive. The School of Medicine Office of Biomedical Graduate Diversity and the Multicultural Resource Center help us further this commitment.
As an academic medical center, it is our responsibility to train and mentor future clinicians and scientists who reflect, understand and appreciate diversity. We live in an aging and diversifying nation where disparities can limit healthcare access and lead to disproportionately poor outcomes. Addressing health disparities, improving community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities are essential to the School of Medicine and Duke Health's mission. The Duke University School of Medicine works to attract and retain a diverse cadre of outstanding talent who positively impact how we teach, and learn and serve in an increasingly diverse world.