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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

A Commitment to These Cornerstones of Institutional Excellence

We explicitly communicate our commitment to diversity, health equity, and inclusion across all departments, units, and offices: Medical Education and Clinical Sciences, Community and Behavioral Health, Translational Medicine and Physiology, Speech and Hearing Sciences, and Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. We understand that animating and sustaining the initiatives outlined in our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Access Policy coupled with the Strategic Diversity Action Plan enables the College of Medicine to achieve its mission by promoting diversity, health equity, and inclusion among students, faculty and staff. In so doing, the college enriches education, research, clinical care and service activities and improves access to quality care for all communities in Washington State and beyond.

Thank you for visiting the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Diversity and Inclusion page. We remain steadfast in ensuring that we realize the vision of Elson S. Floyd, being a community-based medical school committed to the State of Washington and an integral component of Washington State University – a public research university committed to its land-grant heritage and tradition of service to society.

We recognize diversity and inclusion are essential to achieving the mission of the WSU College of Medicine, improving access to quality health care, reducing health disparities, promoting equity and improving the health of communities in Washington State and beyond. We understand that the challenges facing our communities are complex and will not be overcome by working in isolation; therefore, we are collaborative when invited to partner with K-12 schools, universities, families, communities, and other stakeholders to implement activities to enhance current and future pathway programs for students aspiring to enter the health care professions, including women and members of underrepresented groups. In addition, we are continually aspiring and taking action toward fostering an educational environment for our students, faculty, and staff that intrinsically values diversity and inclusion: practices self-awareness, bidirectional learning, leadership, and the ability to engage patients, communities, and others with humility and respect. We are committed to ensuring that diversity and inclusion strengthen the partnerships with communities served by the medical school and that our community-based faculty and graduates are prepared to advocate for the ideals of communities wherein we serve.

We thank you for taking time and energy to look at our Diversity and Inclusion pages. We hope you will join us at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine in the future as we continue working towards realizing our late President Elson S. Floyd’s bold, audacious, and visionary commitment to serving the State of Washington and its people. Go Cougs!

Dr. Leila Harrison, David H. Garcia, and the Diversity Matrix Team

Our Team