Diversity Advisory Council
Created in June 2011, the Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce addressed issues of Diversity and Inclusion at Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM). The Taskforce comprises faculty, administration, staff, and student representatives. The overriding purpose of the Taskforce is to promote and sustain a college wide (HWCOM) diversity strategic plan that complements our Mission and Values. The Taskforce meets quarterly to foster and promote diversity initiatives and programs throughout HWCOM.
In March 2011, FIU HWCOM launched a bi-annual diversity climate assessment to collect data on the extent to which HWCOM is an inclusive and welcoming environment for all faculty, staff, and students. This assessment provides data to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, allowing the office to develop a strategic plan for diversity at the institution. Both quantitative and qualitative measures are used to capture the data and the results of the assessment has allow a vast amount of transformative effects to take place for the diverse culture of FIU HWCOM.
Diversity Student Liaison Program
The Diversity Student Liaison Program is led by students for students, and is designed to create opportunities and programs for medical students to engage in activities to advance diversity and inclusion at HWCOM. In this role, medical students serve as liaisons to national and local medical student organizations and the medical student council. The liaisons assist in the development and implementation of specific diversity, inclusion, and equity projects. The mission of this program is to endorse medical students who hold a passion to promote the understanding and respect of diversity initiatives not just in healthcare, but in the fundamentals of medical education.
Diversity Student Liaison responsibilities
- Help build a welcoming, nurturing, diverse and inclusive community of learners and practitioners at FIU HWCOM.
- Attend and help facilitate a variety of diversity and inclusion programs and events, including Current Conversations, Diversity in Medicine, White Coats 4 Black Lives, and Awareness/Cultural Heritage programming events
- Provide meaningful supportive relationships with prospective and incoming students.
- Be a part of the strategic planning of the creation and evaluation of FIU HWCOM diversity initiatives.