Diversity

Diversity, Equality, Inclusion and Cultural Safety Statement

 “At the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry we commit to providing a welcoming and accommodating environment for all. We recognize that diversity is a source of strength, which promotes a culture of excellence, innovation, flexibility and adaptability that thrives from the contributions of all our members. We accept, nurture, value and celebrate the diversity.”

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry Diversity Statement was developed with consideration of the entire school community, including medical students, staff, faculty, and academic leadership. At the core of the School’s mandate is to maintain and improve an environment in all programs, research and patient care of mutual respect and understanding, free of discrimination.

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry works in the context of Western University, which is fully committed principles and programs for diversity and equity. At the core of our mandate is to maintain and improve an environment in all programs, research and patient care of mutual respect and understanding, free of discrimination.

In alignment with Western University the Diversity Statement describes the following goals and expectations:

  • Maintain an environment of fairness, mutual respect and inclusiveness where all may work, learn and share their perspectives free of discrimination;
  • Recruit and retain learners, faculty & staff who reflect the diversity of Canadian communities;
  • Ensure our programs prepare our graduates to meet the needs of and provide quality care for the diverse populations they will serve; and,
  • Develop and support leaders who can work in a diverse society with evolving identifies of our members and communities.

These categories are challenged by health inequity and underrepresentation in Canada’s healthcare workforce and in our region:

For our learners:

  • Indigenous populations
  • Females
  • Lower socioeconomic status
  • Rural communities

For our faculty, senior academic and educational leadership and relevant members of our academic community:

  • Indigenous populations
  • Females
  • Rural communities