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