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.


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
Diversity Wall

Committee Objectives: 2022

  • To create an environment where diversity, equity and inclusion are demonstrated in our work and workplace practices, increasing awareness of DEI through internal training(s) and dialogue to expand the capacity of faculty, staff and students who do not belong to under-represented minority (URM) groups to be welcoming and respectful of URM voices and issues
  • To create transparent processes that prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion during recruitment, hiring and promotion, including tracking staff and faculty demographics
  • To create proactive dialogue on decolonizing global health and develop guiding principles on how to conduct our work in keeping with this objective
  • To influence the development and implementation of pipeline programs that aim to increase under-represented minorities among students, staff and faculty


The DEI Committee members and why they joined.

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