Creating Diverse Environment

A diversity of clinicians, staff, faculty, students, and trainees creates an environment that leads both to excellence and personal wellbeing. Effectively managed diversity creates a culture and climate that fosters intellectual development, academic discourse, patient care, research, and personal satisfaction.

Creating and maintaining a diverse environment takes thoughtful preparation and ongoing work.  There are valuable resources at the Medical Campus to aid the process of creating and enhancing a diverse employee, faculty and trainee population.  The Boston University School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs serves as a proponent for diversity and cultural competence among students, faculty, and staff. The Office of Diversity partners with departmental leaders to develop model recruitment and retention strategies for curriculum, staff, and faculty development.  It sponsors activities open to both BU and BMC employees and is a central clearing house for diversity activities on the medical campus.  Additional Boston Medical Center resources around creating and enhancing diversity includes the Minority Physician Recruitment Program.

Self-Assessment

When contemplating diversity and inclusion at work, how would you answer the following questions?

  • Do I trust my institution to be fair to everyone?
  • Is the leadership of my institution committed to treating people respectfully?
  • Am I valued as an individual by my institution?
  • Do my opinions matter?
  • Do I have opportunities to work successfully with diverse colleagues?
  • Does my institution manage diversity effectively?
  • Do I experience respect from individuals and groups with various cultural differences.
  • If I raised a concern about discrimination, am I confident my institution would do what is right?
  • Is harassment tolerated at my institution?

Potential Self-help Ideas

There are many activities and organizations on the Medical Campus highlighting diversity and adding color to our rich tapestry of multiculturalism. Below are a few suggestions to help you become an active participant and to facilitate your appreciation of the differences and contributions everyone makes in our community.

  • Participate in activities sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.
  • Attend panel discussions and social events addressing a variety of diversity-related topics.
  • Contact representatives of various organizations on campus including those related to sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and other cultural and ethnic interests.
  • Visit the Office of Diversity and Multicultural’s website to obtain information regarding programs, activities and potential mentors
  • Join the Diversity Directory in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs to allow others to find you.

Resources

BMC:
Minority Physician Recruitment – a description of BMC Minority Recruitment program.

BU:
BUSM Office of Multicultural Affairs – The website of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs where you can find information regarding the activities of the Office, recent accomplishments, biographical sketches of faculty, media, including videos and photographs, and a variety of useful resources.
BU Disability Services – BU Disability Services along with resources at and outside of BU.
BU Equal Opportunity Office – Describes BU Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action policies as well as BU resources.
BUSM Department of Medicine, Faculty Development and Diversity – Scientific literature on diversity, immigration information, resources for LGBT faculty, resources for underrepresented minorities, resources for women and extensive web resources.
CityLab – Describes a community outreach program to minority and urban middle and high school students to expose them in biotechnology with the goal of fostering careers in biotech.

Online:
Key LGBT Health Resources – sampling of dozens of resources on LGBT health resources in Massachusetts, nation-wide or online.
Project Implicit – This website offers 10 minutes on-line self-assessment test to judge one’s own biases.