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School of Medicine students dressed for "Culture Night," a celebration of the welcoming environment that the school promotes. It was an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to showcase something that was special to them and included food, music and dancing from different cultures.

The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University is committed to providing an academic and work environment that respects the contributions, talent, and diverse experiences of all of our students, faculty, and staff.

Our mission and core values include a commitment to diversity, collaboration, inclusivity, and mutual respect. We embrace the philosophy that excellence in medical education, scholarship, and the provision of clinical care is best achieved through promoting diversity in its broadest definition and maintaining an academic and work environment free of discrimination. We pledge to build and sustain a learning community where diversity is celebrated, and to foster access to medical education to learners from all segments of society. We consider inclusivity to be a responsibility of everyone in our learning environment.

The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine places a strategic emphasis on supporting participation of U.S. minorities traditionally underrepresented in medicine (African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders) in all aspects of academic medicine. The school is also committed to increasing the involvement of women faculty in positions of leadership, and increasing the number of women in the higher academic ranks.

To support our mission related to training physicians who will enter primary care disciplines, the school seeks to enroll students from medically underserved communities, and from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. The school places as its highest priority the creation of an academic environment that is welcoming and respectful of diversity, including but not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, language, physical ability, cultural background, and socioeconomic group.

Diversity Policy

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As a sign of its commitment to diversity and inclusion, the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine holds an annual event during which community members sign a banner with the school's diversity statement. Each person who signs the banner is publicly acknowledging our collective commitment and responsibility to foster a culture of inclusivity at the school. 

The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University is committed to providing an academic and work environment that respects the contributions, talent and diverse experiences of all of our students, faculty and staff. Our mission and core values include a commitment to diversity, collaboration, inclusivity and mutual respect.

We understand that excellence in medical education, scholarship and the provision of clinical are is best achieved through promoting diversity in its broadest definition and maintaining an academic and work environment free of discrimination. We pledge to build and sustain a learning community where diversity is celebrated and to foster access to medical education to learners from all segments of society. We consider inclusivity to be a responsibility of everyone in our learning environment. 

The Inclusion and Diversity Council

Medical students Emmanuel Nwachuku (at left) and Angela Farooqi

The Inclusion and Diversity Council (IDC) is broadly representative of the medical school (administration, faculty, staff and students), our clinical partners, and out interface colleagues.

The 23-member council is charged to serve the entire School of Medicine community as consultant, adviser and collaborator on issues related to inclusion and diversity, including policies, procedures, educational content, faculty development, campus climate and information dissemination. 

Annually, the IDC issues the "Inclusion and Diversity Recognition Award" to a group or individual who actively promote(s) a culture of inclusion and diversity at Netter. Medical students Emmanuel Nwachuku (at left) and Angela Farooqi received the award in 2014. 

Campus Events

The University's strong sense of community and awareness of diversity and inclusion is reflected in the wide range of cultural events, lectures, performances and other special events that take place throughout the year. Many events are open to the public, which allows for stronger ties with the surrounding community.

For example, the University hosts annual recognitions for Latino/a Heritage Month, National LGBT History Month and Black History Month. Dr. Lisa Sanders, the author of the New York Times Magazine's "Diagnosis" column, spoke on campus in Fall 2013.

Current students can find a complete schedule of events by logging into the University's public events calendar

Interested in learning more about the activities and events hosted by our student organizations? Learn more

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Special Events

The University's strong sense of community and awareness of diversity and inclusion is reflected in the wide range of cultural events, lectures, performances and other special events that take place throughout the year.

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Optimizing Medical Education Through Diversity & Inclusion

Administrators, faculty and students at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine believe in the value of diversity and inclusion in medical education. They share their thoughts on the ways in which diversity and inclusion lead to excellence at the medical school.

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Quinnipiac University receives ‘INSIGHT into Diversity’ 2014 award

Quinnipiac University received the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.