LMU-DCOM Diversity Statement

LMU-DCOM recognizes that fostering diversity among its students, faculty, staff, and administration is essential to prepare outstanding health professionals and educators. Only by reflecting, embracing, and nurturing the varied traits, values, and interests of the people across Appalachia and beyond can LMU- DCOM effectively train physicians to provide quality and compassionate health care for all.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important concepts that govern how LMU-DCOM operates. Diversity involves embracing a wide range of varied backgrounds, identities, characteristics, experiences, and perspectives. Equity involves fairness and justice in access, treatment, and opportunity. Inclusion involves intentional, active participation and contribution by everyone. LMU-DCOM values and supports a community that is diverse in race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, sexual identity, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, language, national origin, religious affiliation, spiritual practice, mental and physical ability/disability, physical characteristics, veteran status, political ideology, age and any other status protected by law in the recruitment and admission of students, recruitment and employment of employees, and in the operation of all its programs, activities, and services.

We acknowledge the strengths and weaknesses of our history and are continually trying to cultivate a community that values diversity, challenges discrimination and injustices, and addresses disparities and inequities.

LMU-DCOM is committed to providing equal access to educational and employment opportunities. We strive to maintain an environment that is safe, civil, respectful, humane, and free of all forms of harassment and discrimination. LMU-DCOM pledges to train highly educated, culturally sensitive professionals who mirror the diverse populations they serve.

Approved by LMU-DCOM Dean’s Council May 4, 2022