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

Belong, include & empower

The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Strategic Action Plan charts how the School of Medicine will contribute to institutional aims. Three goals describe the climate we seek: Belong. Include. Empower. Nine objectives and 79 tactics provide specific action steps for our academic programs, departments, centers and institutes to get there.

This plan is the result of urgency, focus and significant work by many people, including Dr. George Mejicano, senior associate dean for education, and Leslie Garcia, M.P.A., Ed.D. (c), assistant dean for diversity, equity and inclusion, under the leadership of former Dean Sharon Anderson, as well as past and present leaders and members of the School of Medicine Diversity Affairs Committee.

Statement of Shared Understanding

We value the unique contributions and perspectives of all SOM students, staff, faculty, residents, fellows, patients, students, volunteers and local and global communities. Diversity maximizes the school’s potential for innovation, quality patient care, educational excellence and service.

We acknowledge, reflect and confront the inequities of the past, reveal the inequalities of the present, and act for change aiming towards a more equitable environment.

We expect all the School of Medicine’s departments, centers, institutes and programs to take action to make our institution a place where all feel welcomed regardless of national origin, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability and more.

We condemn the ongoing racism, discrimination and violent acts towards historically underserved individuals and groups who experience racism, tokenism and disrespect.

We embrace diversity and seek to take action to create an environment of inclusion and equal access and opportunity to all.

We expect that SOM members treat all with respect, empathy, and seek to understand and appreciate others as the foundation of healthy work and learning environments.

We encourage all individuals to learn about our own forms of bias and search to understand how racism and its far-reaching repercussions affect all aspects of society, including healthcare and research.

We promote the belief that every SOM community member is a good role model that empowers others and sets a high standard of being fair, transparent, and consistently serves as an active bystander mitigating microaggressions and other forms of bias and oppression.

George Mejicano

"The urgency, focus and voice that faculty - many at a junior level - trainees and students brought to this plan tells me that we can and will create the culture we seek." - George Mejicano, M.D., M.S., Senior Associate Dean for Education, OHSU School of Medicine

Leslie Garcia

“The School of Medicine is committed to fostering a learning and work environment where all individuals can thrive. I have no question that we can achieve more.” - Leslie Garcia, M.P.A., Ed. D. (c) Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, OHSU School of Medicine

Mina Nguyen

"The Diversity Affairs Committee focused on two things: how can the school best contribute to tangible and lasting change and what is the framework we need to do so.” - Mina Nguyen-Driver, Psy.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, OHSU School of Medicine, Chair of Diversity Affairs Committee


“Giving students this forum to offer their perspective is crucial not only in capturing unique aspects of diversity issues, but also reaffirming that students matter.” - Deepraj Pawar, M.D. Class of 2022, Member of Diversity Affairs Committee