The College of Public Health aims to be a champion of diversity, equity and inclusion, in line with our vision ‘to be the catalyst of positive change for population health’. To accomplish our mission, which is ‘to develop health champions, conduct multidisciplinary and applied research, and collaborate with partners to improve health for Kentucky and beyond’, we understand that excellence in teaching, scholarship and practice is not possible without diversity and inclusion. Our greatest and longest lasting contribution to achieving improved population health is through the creation of new knowledge, development of the next generation of well trained professionals, and by fostering an environment in which all members flourish regardless of age, race/ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, language/culture, national origin, religion, political perspective or disability status. Advancing diversity and inclusive excellence in the college will enables us to live up to our values, promote the common good and achieve greater impact by understanding and promoting a rich variety of perspectives.
This 5-year diversity and inclusive excellence plan serves as a blueprint developed with input from students, staff, faculty members, college administrators and leaders. It reflects our shared aspirations as well as an understanding that considerations of diversity and inclusive excellence must be woven into each and every initiative and strategy, and outlines specific approaches to eliminate barriers to excellence that may disproportionately affect any group of individuals compared with others. Most important to our vision are the students, faculty, and staff who represent a broad diversity of thought, background, ethnicity and perspectives, who find their inspiration through their interactions with each other; these different perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences make us stronger and ensure that we create a climate of success for all who learn and work here
This plan reflects the vision of the Dean and Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence at the College of Public Health to create a diverse, inclusive and equitable academic environment and encourages individual and collective action towards this goal at every level.