Diversity and Inclusion

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Introduction

Diversity Statement

Mercer University School of Medicine is privileged to be located in Georgia, a state with a unique, diverse, and evolving heritage. Mercer is committed to serving Georgia by educating physicians and other healthcare professionals to meet the healthcare needs of the state’s medically underserved. 
 
Mercer University School of Medicine believes that an environment of inclusiveness, equal opportunity, acceptance, and respect for the similarities and differences in our community is essential for excellence in the fulfillment of our mission.  An atmosphere where differences are valued leads to the training of a culturally competent healthcare workforce qualified to meet the needs of the varied populations of our state and enhances the development of professionalism in our students.  Further, we believe that institutional diversity fuels the scholarly advancement of knowledge in an atmosphere of free inquiry and expression. 
 
The School of Medicine adopts a definition of diversity that embraces race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, social and cultural attributes, rural or metropolitan background, and disability.  The definition of diversity also includes life experiences, record of service and employment, and other talents and personal attributes that can enhance the scholarly and learning environment. 
 
The School of Medicine seeks to attain a diverse learning environment through the recruitment, enrollment, hiring, and retention/graduation of students, faculty, staff, and leadership who meet this definition of diversity.  We also seek to deliberately and thoughtfully utilize the benefits of diversity in our interactive, team-based educational programs.
 
Approved December 4, 2012 by Executive Council