Commitment to Diversity

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.

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 on MyQ (QU login and password required) or on the University's public events calendar.

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