College of Medicine Diversity and Inclusion

Diverse learners, faculty, staff, patients and communities

The College of Medicine strives to foster diversity and inclusion amongst our faculty, staff, and students. Our commitment to diversity includes, but is not limited to race, ethnicity, veteran status, socioeconomic status, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion and spiritual beliefs, and disabilities.

Whether you are a prospective or current member of our faculty, staff or student body; we invite you to explore our website to learn more about our resources, affiliated offices, programs and the many opportunities that can help navigate your experience here at the College of Medicine. We welcome your input and constructive suggestions as they help advance our diversity and inclusion initiatives and create a rich and welcoming environment that is engaging for all.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

College of Medicine defines diversity for its students, faculty, and staff with the following statement:

"The Central Michigan University College of Medicine strives to develop a culture of inclusion and mutual respect. As a core value of the College, diversity encompasses inclusiveness, mutual respect, and varied perspectives. In order to develop an inclusive culture the College recognizes the importance of varied perspectives and experiences in the students we admit and the faculty and staff we recruit and retain. Striving for diversity and embracing inclusiveness in these groups enriches the learning environment across the continuum of medical education, fosters a more enriching workplace for faculty and staff may help reduce healthcare disparities in the patients that we serve.

As a cornerstone of creating a diverse and inclusive student body, the College utilizes a holistic admissions program. In particular, we seek to admit students with emphasis on gender, underrepresented groups in medicine*, and alignment with the geographic footprint of the college which encompasses medically underserved rural and urban areas in the Upper Peninsula, Mid & Lower Northern Michigan, and the Thumb of Michigan.

In our faculty and staff we aim to recruit and retain with an emphasis on gender, underrepresented groups in medicine* and veteran status.

The College believes that these groups will enhance and enrich the culture of the institution and aligns with the core mission of the College of Medicine - to address the healthcare shortage in rural and urban underserved areas in the College footprint."

*AAMC Definition - Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population

Get Involved

Engaging in diversity and inclusion enriches the cultural competence of our community. The College of Medicine provides many opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to get involved with diversity programming throughout the year. Contact us for more information on program details and how to participate in the coordination of events.

Safe Space/Safe Zone

The Safe Spaces Program allows underrepresented faculty, staff, and students to find a supportive safe haven and listening ear person to express their concerns regarding diversity and inclusion. This program advances the College of Medicine's goal of creating a diverse and inclusive teaching and learning environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. An appointment can be made confidentially, with the Associate Vice President of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity by contacting the Office for Institutional Diversity or visit the CMU Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Inclusion page.

Safe Zone training will also be provided to faculty, staff, and students of the College of Medicine. The Safe Zone training program includes an overview of terminology, an in-depth view of the cycle of socialization, the dialogue around privilege, microaggressions, and sexism, then finally attendees are provided tools to apply in the effort to continue the work of inclusion for LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff.

Office of LGBTQ Services