Diversity Matters

We Value Diversity in People and Perspectives

The students, residents, faculty and administration of the University of Colorado believe that diversity is a value that is central to the University's educational, research, community service, and health care missions. Therefore, the Program is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, 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 Program 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. 

The PT Program Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee has identified a number of strategic priorities and related activities to better meet the needs of our students and our community. These priorities and activities have emerged from ongoing conversations with program students and faculty, as well as meetings with local and national DEI leadership. The graphic below, specific to the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, is available for download.
CU PT DEI Activity Summary

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 

The CU Physical Therapy Program is committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities for all students, including those with disabilities (e.g., mental health, attentional, learning, chronic health, sensory, or physical) who meet the technical standards of the program, with or without reasonable accommodations.

If you are an applicant with a disability who would like to engage in a confidential consultation about disability access at CU Anschutz, or who requires accommodations to complete the application or interview process, please contact The Office of Disability, Access, & Inclusion.

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