Diversity Matters

We Value Diversity in People and Perspectives

The students, residents, faculty and administration of the University of Colorado School of Medicine (SOM) believe that diversity is a value that is central to the School’s educational, research, community service and health care missions. Therefore, the SOM is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, house staff, faculty and senior administration. As part of our commitment to inclusive excellence, we work to increase the diversity of our graduates and improve the outcomes of the patients we serve. The SOM adopts a definition of diversity that embraces race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, political beliefs and socioeconomic status. The definition of diversity also includes life experiences, record of service and employment and other talents and personal attributes that can enhance the scholarly, clinical care and learning environment. 

Because of diversity

  • Research agendas & quality of education are enhanced 
  • Community partnerships are strengthened 
  • Innovative models of service delivery and research are developed
  • Improved Healthcare utilization and quality for underserved and minority populations

In recognition of the value that diversity brings to medical education, the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program strives to

  • Recruit and retain a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff
  • Create a culture for students, faculty, and staff that enhances learning, supports career development, fosters respectful discourse, and promotes equity
  • Prepare students as leaders for practicing in diverse communities and healthcare settings