Welcome to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website. My goals for this office are simple: to foster a receptive culture, grow diversity and further strengthen our institution. Through increased diversity we will benefit from a deeper talent pool, a broader idea base and an environment where everyone feels welcomed, including our students, faculty, staff, care providers, investigators, physicians and especially our patients. I believe that this is as it should be for a leading academic medical center.
In the time since I was named Vice Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, I’ve had an opportunity to meet with many people in the Northwestern community, and I’m so encouraged by the passion and enthusiasm I see. Through town halls, council meetings, and presentations, I’ve met with many faculty, staff, students and trainees who show an awareness of and experience with the challenges we face here at Northwestern, challenges common across higher education and healthcare. Our office is tasked with focusing that knowledge and energy and using it to build upon the diversity initiatives we have in place – curriculum, mentoring opportunities and community outreach – in new and more impactful ways.
We want Feinberg and Northwestern Medicine to be vital parts of the community in which we train and serve. We are not an ivory tower. We strive to be a fluid institution, one that is affected by our environment and looks to fully embrace the challenges and benefits of cultural responsiveness in the classroom and the clinical setting.
Thank you for your interest in our work. Please contact us with your comments and concerns.