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Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine Vision Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Penn State College of Medicine and its affiliated academic medical center, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, are fully committed to diversity among its faculty, staff, students/learners and volunteers. This diversity is reflected on many levels, including ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, generations, military and life experiences, to name a few. These differences are valued organizational assets. Diversity of individual backgrounds and points of view are affirmed and respected.

We are also accountable for advancing mutual support, equity and inclusion in all forms, consistent with Penn State University’s Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Excellence. Penn State College of Medicine is creating a culture of respect based on recognizing that our ability to understand and succeed in a multicultural world is critical to innovation in a changing health care landscape.

Doing it RITE - our Core Values: Our commitment to diversity is driven by four core values: respect, integrity, teamwork, and excellence. Our diversity requires fostering an environment where we can achieve the highest standards of respect for faculty, students, staff, and members of the community we serve. Integrity means holding ourselves accountable to advancing the diversity of students under-represented in medicine and graduate studies and the diversity of our faculty/staff, including basic science researchers, and creating an inclusive environment for all of these populations. Teamwork is best achieved through mutual support and collaborating across differences. Excellence comes from a diversity of perspectives that results in outcomes that are efficient, thoughtful, and effective. Our commitment to excellence, therefore, means that we challenge the status quo and maximize the potential of our students/learners, employees, and communities served.

Our Vision for being "Best in Class" for a respectful and inclusive culture: Our goal is to maintain an educational and work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment, reflects the diversity of the communities we serve, and deserves recognition as “best in class” for a respectful and inclusive culture for our patients, students/learners, and faculty/staff. Commitment to equitable treatment and the elimination of discrimination in all of its forms and at all organizational levels is essential to our success, which can be achieved through inclusive and rightful policies and practices. Consistent with Penn State’s Nondiscrimination Policy, we will ensure fair and inclusive access to facilities, programs, resources, and services.

Within such a respectful and inclusive educational and work environment, individuals will be inspired to bring forth their ideas, providing an opportunity to the institution to fully leverage its creative talents and potential excellence.