Diversity is a concept by which value is placed on the differences of the people who make up our workforce. These differences include both primary dimensions (e.g., race, gender, age, religious creed, national origin, etc.), and secondary dimensions (e.g., geographic location, marital status, work background, etc.); the various characteristics of groups of people within an organization.

As our workforce becomes more diverse, we embrace the opportunity to find ways of enabling people of many different backgrounds to provide valuable contributions to UConn Health. It is not enough to simply increase diversity in the workplace and in the classroom, we must learn to respect and appreciate people from diverse backgrounds. When individuals communicate and work effectively with each other, the quality of care that we deliver to our patients improves.

Diversity and inclusion are foundational elements of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine educational programs. Consistent with this focus we pursue diversity in all its varied expressions, including but not limited to, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity; with the goal of providing an educational environment that fosters the success of learners who are representative of the population of Connecticut, and a clinical environment that provides high quality healthcare to the myriad communities of the State.