Midwestern University is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion that celebrates diversity. All Colleges and Departments have actively embraced the charge to listen, discuss, and carefully examine our practices and policies to bring greater awareness and understanding. The University has created several working groups to review our policies, curriculum, community outreach, and recruitment, and to create strategies that promote an equitable and diverse learning environment for all. These efforts will be ongoing, and the University remains steadfast in its desire to enrich the culture of acceptance and respect of diversity in all its forms throughout our academic community.
Midwestern University Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Our University's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) is dedicated to provide guidance, leadership, and resources in support of the Midwestern University’s commitment to building a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive institution. ODEI’s goal is to become a hub for coordinating diversity and inclusion efforts across our institution, and will be facilitating joint programming and contribute to best practices in graduate healthcare education. These activities will be implemented over time and in coordination with all Colleges, Programs, and Departments of the University.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives are a key part of Midwestern University’s core values. Fulfilling our mission depends on the University’s ability to attract and retain students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds that thrive in our community. A diverse and inclusive campus leads to innovation, broadened perspectives and understanding – values that are foundational aspects of healthcare education.
Defining DEI at Midwestern University
- Diversity refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences and intersections of culture and circumstance, and reflects a broad range of identities and perspectives, including race, ethnicity, age, religious beliefs, language, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, nationality, disability status, disability status, veteran status, geographic region, and more. Greater diversity is conducive to more robust, creative, and relevant outcomes in scholarly and academic processes, academic and social programming, and community engagement.
- Equity is creating opportunities for equal access and success for historically underrepresented populations. It requires proactive steps to identify, address, and eliminate systemic barriers in order to promote meaningful transformation and progress.
- Inclusion refers to the act of creating environments in which all individuals and groups feel welcome, respected, supported, and valued, while recognizing that each individual is unique and acknowledging differences and intersections across social identities. Inclusion requires listening to other viewpoints and embracing differences. Feeling included and connected elevates engagement and a sense of belonging for everyone on campus.
- Cultural Competency refers to the institutional and personal commitment to obtain and demonstrate knowledge and skills that allow us to learn, work, and engage effectively in a diverse environment.
This Campus Voices page honors and celebrates the individual stories and variety of personal experiences, backgrounds, values, and worldviews of our Midwestern University students, faculty, staff, and alumni.The diversity of our academic family leads to broadened perspectives, innovation, and understanding - values that are foundational aspects of healthcare education.