Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

graphic illustration of a diverse group of individuals

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at the Institute for Global Health Sciences (IGHS) aspires to build a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty, student and staff community that reflects the partners and communities we collaborate with globally.

This committee cultivates an environment that is welcoming, values differences and diverse ideas, and supports culturally humble education, research and program implementation worldwide.

Committee's statement on structural racism

What is diversity, equity and inclusion?

We understand diversity as the presence of differences in gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status.

Equity ensures everyone has access to the same opportunities. It recognizes that advantages and barriers exist, and that, as a result, we all don’t start from the same place.

Inclusion happens when people with different identities feel and/or are valued, leveraged and welcomed within a given setting.

2022-2023 Committee Objectives

  • Address anti-racist knowledge gaps
  • Achieve demographic diversity across IGHS, including leadership
  • Create a healthy, safe and welcoming climate for IGHS employees and learners
  • Advance equity in IGHS mission
  • Embed equity as part of essential criteria in decision-making
  • Further IGHS commitment to decolonizing global health



Meet the DEI Committee members and why they joined.


Celebrate differences at work! IGHS faculty and staff are invited to create a shadow box featuring objects that describe their cultures or backgrounds in ways that are meaningful to them and to enjoy the boxes made by their coworkers. Stop by the diversity wall near the Finance and Research Services area the next time you are in Mission Hall to enjoy boxes like those below. (Facing the reception desk, make three quick right turns to end up behind the elevators.) Inspired to make your own box? The boxes can be found underneath Heidi Frank's desk (#3538).

shadow boxes

Contact Us

Do you have feedback, thoughts, comments or suggestions for the DEI Committee? Please contact us anonymously using this form.