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Members of the Office of Diversity and Equity at the School of Medicine.

Aims of the Office

Diversity is a process that exists outside the admissions cycle and promotional photos. It’s a mindset that extends into the classroom and the hospital. If the ultimate goal of diversity in medical schools…is to improve patient care, then a good first step is to create a world where trainees can feel supported while learning and working to the best of their ability. View the Diversity Statement »

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University (SOM) is committed to quality education, research, and service in an environment that prepares students for serving a diverse community. The quality of care that our students will observe and our faculty will deliver will be equitable – fair, impartial, and just. Our Mission states that our students, staff, and faculty will learn from the SOM's engagement of a socioeconomically and racially diverse workforce and student body thereby augmenting all of our abilities to deliver the highest quality care to diverse populations.

An institution's "diversity climate" can exert a profound influence on diversity efforts. The "climate" includes numbers and proportions of minority students and faculty (structural diversity); it also includes measure of how often and how well members of diverse groups talk, listen, interact, work together and exchange ideas (the diversity of interactions). It is influenced by social and cultural awareness events, the range and quality of curricula, mentoring and role models, and the psychological climate.

The SOM believes exceptional educational achievements are made when all stakeholders take a globally diverse and inclusive approach. This will foster a climate that embraces and understands different perspectives, which will better prepare SOM students for diversity in the communities they will serve.

Mission-Appropriate Institutional Goals

Specifically, the SOM's mission-appropriate goals include efforts to:

a) promote the academic advancement and success of minority students, house officers, and faculty
b) enhance cultural, bilingual, and diversity instruction throughout the curriculum;
c) break down racial, gender, and ethnic stereotypes and promote cross-cultural understanding
d) strengthen outreach to underserved communities, through service and learning projects, health care outreach and community-based participatory research
e) promote unexplored research agendas and new areas of scholarship related to cultural and racial disparities in health and health care.

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