At the University of Colorado Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, we strive to foster a climate that values and promotes diversity, inclusion, and equity. Diversity refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews
that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geographic region, political viewpoints
and more. Inclusion means that there is an environment of belonging where all members in this department are respected and valued for their unique knowledge, experiences, and skills. Equity means that every person within this department has the opportunity
to achieve their highest potential and no one person is disadvantaged because of difference.
Because our mission is to promote and advance the health of our patients through innovative discovery in research, education, patient care and national leadership, we recognize we must seek to achieve diversity among our leadership, our faculty, our trainees, our researchers, and our staff, in order to better represent and serve the diversity in our community and beyond. Our
aim at achieving diversity is fundamental to our recruitment practices for faculty, staff, and learners. The Department particularly acknowledges the acute need to remove barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of talented students,
faculty, and staff from historically excluded populations who are currently underrepresented.
Diversity is also integral to the Department’s aim at excellence in education. Ideas and practices based on those ideas can be made richer when nurtured by a diverse community. Educational excellence that truly incorporates diversity
promotes mutual respect and makes possible the full, effective use of the talents and abilities of all, ultimately fostering innovation and training future leadership.
In our research enterprise, diversity of thought and experience greatly enhances our ability to investigate new or existing concepts with curiosity, innovation, and a mindful focus on disparities that have historically existed in academic research programs. We recognize that employing and engaging a diverse group of scholars and researchers broadens our clinical research and facilitates a connection with a diverse patient population, driving more meaningful and robust discoveries.
The Department vows its commitment to recognize and nurture merit, talent, and achievement by supporting diversity, inclusion, and equitable opportunity in its education, clinical care, and administration, as well as research and creative activity.