Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The UConn Department of Neurology is committed to strive toward equity, diversity, inclusion and fairness. We believe in the unique value of every person. Individual differences strengthen our organization and enable us to provide better care to the unique individuals we serve.

We implement these core principles by creating a culture of mutual respect, ensuring strict honesty and integrity in our interactions, and approaching others with a stance of respect and compassion. These values guide our actions toward our employees and colleagues, and we extend additional commitments to our patients and trainees.

We acknowledge the existence of systemic inequality and implicit bias and embrace the need to challenge ourselves consciously and consistently to improve. To find out more about our progress in these efforts, please see the Neurology Progress in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page. We continue to monitor our performance, and encourage you to let us know if you find something that needs to be addressed.

We believe that UConn is a force for good, because together we are empowered to create positive change.

Commitment to Our Employees

We promise to provide an inclusive and equitable work environment where all employees, volunteers and trainees, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feel valued and respected.

We value diversity and will provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement. We respect and celebrate the variety of life experiences and heritages, and will ensure that all voices are heard and valued.

Our goal is to build a community of diverse individuals whose mutually respectful collaboration will lead to equity and fairness.

We believe in equal pay for equal work. We believe in open and transparent communication.

We will not accept harassment of any kind, and encourage you to report it if you see or experience it. Additional reporting resources can be found on the InForm website.

Commitment to Our Patients

In our hospitals and clinics, we apply the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion to our interactions with patients. We promise to help you deal with the neurological problems that brought you to us, to treat you with honesty and courtesy, and to help you achieve your best quality of life, regardless of your individual characteristics.

We accept and respect you as you are, and will not judge you. In return, we expect you to treat us with the same courtesy and not to discriminate against someone caring for you because they may be different from you.

We ask you to communicate openly and honestly. We will always tell you the truth about your condition, guided by compassion, and will serve as your advocate and act in your best interest.

We will work with you to decide what treatments are best for you. We ask you to do your best to follow the tests and treatments we recommend, or let us know if you can’t.

We will communicate our findings and instructions clearly in language you can understand, and answer all of your questions. We will be available to you when you need us.

Your rights and responsibilities as a patient can be found on the UConn Health website, and any concerns can be addressed to us directly at 860-679-4888, or to patientrelations@uchc.edu, 860-679-3176.

Commitment to Our Trainees

We are honored to teach the next generation of physicians the art and science of neurology, and are committed to helping our profession become more equitable, diverse and inclusive. We promise to provide a safe, supportive and vibrant learning environment for all trainees.

We recognize that unequal opportunity and systemic bias create unique challenges, and promise to help every student and trainee overcome these obstacles and achieve their highest potential.

We also recognize that people have different ways of learning, so we provide a variety of experiences and strategies to help you develop a solid foundation in neurology, which will enable you continue to learn throughout your career.

As your knowledge and skills increase, we will provide increasing levels of complexity and responsibility. We will tell you what information you are responsible for learning. We promise to evaluate your performance fairly and equitably.

We will model the professionalism we expect to see in our trainees. We will provide consistent and timely feedback on your progress, and encourage you to evaluate us and our teaching programs.

We do not allow harassment in any form and urge you to let us know if you see or experience it. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the UConn Health Office of Institutional Equity at equity@uconn.edu or 860-679-3563.

Additional reporting resources can be found on the InForm website.