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Mission Statement

The mission of the Diversity and Social Equity Committee is to assist the Department of Family and Community Medicine in promoting the Jesuit mission of Saint Louis University by supporting inclusion of underrepresented populations and groups who occupy minority identities (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, religion, immigrant status, sexuality, and ability).

Purpose and Role in the Department

The primary purpose and roles of the Diversity and Social Equity Committee include development of goals and implementation of activities that: 1) further support the culture of diversity and inclusion in the Department and 2) facilitate the Department's and University's mission related to treatment of underrepresented and marginalized members of our community. Therefore, an overarching function of the Diversity and Social Equity Committee is to encourage and promote a culture of diversity and  inclusion in the department. Roles of the committee and activities are currently organized into three activity areas: 1) Consultation; 2) Education; and 3) Mentoring.

Committee Structure

Director of Diversity

Participates in leadership team of the department and acts as liaison to the Office of Diversity and Student Affairs for the School of Medicine.

Committee Members

Open to all Faculty and/or Staff representatives from each division (e.g., family medicine, community medicine, research, and behavioral health, Student and Resident Representatives). 

Activities of the Committee

Consultation
The goals in this area are to provide guidance and resources to faculty, students, and staff when diversity and inclusion-related questions or concerns arise related to marketing and recruitment materials, policies and procedures of the Department and associated clinics, interpersonal relationships, the climate of the learning environment in the Department, and retention of faculty and students who occupy minority identities. This committee’s aim is to prevent and resolve conflicts and bring restoration to relationships when issues of marginalization and prejudice arise.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Education

The central goal in this area is to enhance the integration of diversity and inclusion-related discourse into the education and training of students, residents, faculty, and staff with relevant knowledge and experience about cultural and individual diversity as it relates to the field of family, community, and behavioral medicine. This committee will act as a consultation to educators and students to improve the educational process.

Mentoring

The goal of this area is to match underrepresented faculty, staff, students, and residents with mentors with relevant knowledge and experience for promoting faculty and student retention and success.

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