Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Collection

The MedEdPORTAL Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Collection features peer-reviewed educational resources for educators to advance institutional efforts in creating a diverse and inclusive culture that drives equitable clinical, educational, research, and service excellence. The definitions below are taken from Advancing Health Equity: A Guide to Language, Narrative and Concepts.1

Diversity refers to the identities we carry. There are many kinds of diversity, based on race, gender, sexual orientation, class, age, country of origin, education, religion, geography, physical or cognitive abilities, or other characteristics. Valuing diversity means recognizing differences between people, acknowledging that these differences are a valued asset, and striving for diverse representation as a critical step towards equity.

Equity refers to fairness and justice and is distinguished from equality. While equality means providing the same to all, equity requires recognizing that we do not all start from the same place because power is unevenly distributed. The process is ongoing, requiring us to identify and overcome uneven distribution of power as well as intentional and unintentional barriers arising from bias or structural root causes.

Inclusion refers to how our defining identities are accepted in the circles that we navigate. Belonging evolves from inclusion; it refers to the extent to which individuals feel they can be authentic selves and can fully participate in all aspects of their lives. Inclusion is a state of being valued, respected, and supported.

The goals of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Collection are to provide trainees, faculty, deans, staff, and other institutional leaders tangible, practice-based, peer-reviewed resources to contribute to:
  • Developing an environment (i.e., academic, clinical, community-based) that promotes multiple perspectives, mutual respect, and inclusiveness for all;
  • Conducting culturally responsive clinical, research, educational, and service work and scholarship;
  • Disseminating best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion through publishing resources developed, implemented, and refined at one or more institutions that can be replicated or adapted for use at other institutions.
1American Medical Association; Association of American Medical Colleges. Advancing Health Equity: A Guide to Language, Narrative and Concepts. American Medical Association; 2021. Accessed February 4, 2022. https://www.ama-assn.org/system/files/ama-aamc-equity-guide.pdf


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