Jay L. Hess, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.S.A.
Dean, IU School of Medicine
VP for University Clinical Affairs
IU School of Medicine Commitment to Diversity
Recent events across our country and around the world have provoked debate regarding religious freedom. I want to emphasize our commitment to diversity here at the IU School of Medicine.
In a time of heightened anxiety and fear, it is important that we re-affirm our deepest values. Tolerance for diverse beliefs is central to our values at the School of Medicine. Our community includes students, residents, faculty, staff and patients who are part of a global family; many have come to the United States seeking opportunities not available to them in their home countries. We continue to welcome and celebrate our richly diverse family and will stand by our colleagues’ right to equality and respect.
For that reason, the Office of Diversity Affairs invites you to attend the first in a series of Town Hall meetings on January 28, 2016 at noon in Walther Hall C303/305 to share perspectives as well as to learn from one another.
As many of us prepare to celebrate religious holidays and spiritual unity this month, your School of Medicine community supports the observances of you, your friends and your family, wishing you joy and peace.
IUSM reaffirms its commitment to inclusion, acceptance, and respect for individuals of all identities. That said, we cannot address what we don’t know. If you have experienced or witnessed any instances of bias or discrimination, please do not hesitate to contact the IUSM Office of Diversity Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-274-1939).