We are about finding common ground

Leslie Garcia
Leslie Garcia, M.P.A., Ed.D.(c) Assistant Dean, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, OHSU School of Medicine

The OHSU School of Medicine is deeply committed to increasing and supporting diversity among our faculty, staff, and learners. We consider a wide range of life experiences as part of diversity, including rural heritage, economic background, sexual orientation, culture and belief systems, and hardships accessing educational opportunities.

The School of Medicine Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Strategic Action Plan 2021 - 2025 charts our contributions to institutional goals in the areas that we can significantly impact, including retention and recruitment of individuals under-represented in medicine and biomedical science. The strategic action plan is the result of sustained urgency and focus by school leaders and the SoM Diversity Affairs Committee, which includes faculty, students and trainees. 

The SOM is committed to diversity and our practices, programs and policies are in alignment with AAMC, LCME, ACGME and OHSU program accreditation standards.

Pioneering Oregon Family of Robert Wah ’83, M.D. and Edward Wah ’57, D.M.D. Give Back to OHSU Students

hotos courtesy of Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site.
Photos of exterior and interior of Kam Wah Chung, historic medical clinic, general store, community center and residence for members of the early Oregon Chinese community settlement in John Day. Photos courtesy of Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site.

SOM Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Strategic Action Plan 2021-2025

Belong, include & empower

Respectful & identity-affirming language puts our humanity at the center

Inclusive language allows everyone to feel recognized, valued, invited and motivated to contribute at their highest level. The OHSU Inclusive Language Guide provides guidance.

Inclusive Language Guide
From left, Harina Aimaga and Desty Inas got the shot at the Portland City Blessings Church clinic in April 2021. (OHSU/Erin Hoover Barnett)

Community vaccine clinics

Partnering with community groups to improve COVID-19 vaccine access