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Office of Diversity and Inclusion

FIU HWCOM Diversity Policy
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine considers diversity an integral part of the entire academic enterprise. Blending of different life and cultural experiences is of prime importance in the selection of faculty and staff and in the selection of medical students and the education of future physicians. HWCOM seeks to foster a broad and diverse community of faculty, staff, and students to enrich the educational environment and expand the knowledge base for our students. This policy is parallel to the diversity policy of Florida International University. The value of this diversity emphasis for HWCOM educational programs and staffing will be realized by the production of culturally competent physicians who can serve South Florida’s diverse population.

Florida Science Training and Research Fellowship (F-STAR)

Promoting Diversity
Diversity enhances the educational environment and enriches the experience of medical students, faculty and staff, and patients. HWCOM aims to create a culture in which everyone feels valued and included. This culture of inclusion fully appreciates differences in perspective, not only in composition, but of thought, expression, desires, and goals. HWCOM values all dimensions of diversity among medical students, faculty, and staff, including but not limited to age, race/ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, and geographic diversity.

HWCOM aims to increase the numbers of “racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession” among HWCOM students, faculty, and staff. Diversity goals include:

  • Recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff and student body;
  • Creating and evaluating diversity initiatives;
  • Developing educational and training sessions for faculty, staff and students to ensure cultural competency;
  • Engaging the community through programs to increase diversity in the health care profession.

Contact Us
Dr. Cheryl D. Brewster, EdD
Assistant Dean for Diversity

Diversity Resources:
Aspiring Docs:
Explore Health Careers:
Medical Student Resource Guide:
Culture Quality Collaborative:
AAMC Search and Recruitment: