Diversity and Equity

practitioner holding up sign that says, "Black Lives Matter."
OHSU physician holds a sign during a moment of silence, as she joins with other medical professionals in Pioneer Courthouse Square on Friday, June 5, 2020, showing their support for the black lives matter movement.

"As a medical community, we must speak out and break the stronghold of racial injustices that continue to plague our country."

- Daniel Tshala, Medical student in the OHSU School of Medicine, June 29, 2020
(This video was created during Daniel Tshala’s first year of medical school in the OHSU School of Medicine) 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Department of Neurological Surgery is a safe, respectful and welcoming place for people of all races, cultures, ethnicities, genders, national origins, abilities, ages, colors, religions, and sexual orientations. We are committed to learning, promoting inclusion, and working to abolish inequities in our workplace here at OHSU, in our region, in our nation, and in our world.

Read more about the department mission and vision here.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives

People kneeling at the White Coats 4 Black Lives Event in June 2020.
Dr. Lauren Simpson raises her fist as she kneels with OHSU staff and other community members at a "White Coats for Black Lives" event, held at Elizabeth Caruthers Park near Center for Health & Healing 2, Friday, June 5, 2020. Organizers stated "Whether you choose to sit, stand or kneel is up to you but making known our collective desire to end racism is the goal."

Diversity Action Plan

The department diversity action plan is intended to guide our efforts alongside the broader OHSU Diversity Action Plan. The Department of Neurological Surgery action plan includes strategies in four areas: recruitment, retention, inclusion and partnerships. Some early successes of this plan include:

  • Nearly 100% of department members have completed institutional Unconscious Bias Training.
  • Diversity and equity topics are imbedded in the annual education curriculum.
  • Leaders across the department have impacted national equity work using platforms such as the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, ASPET, and ACCESS

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