Established in 2009, The Office of Diversity and Cultural Competence is led by Dr. Chiquita Collins, Associate Dean for Diversity and Cultural Competence.
The steering committee is comprised of the leadership of Johns Hopkins Institutions who have made a commitment to recruit faculty who include members of under-represented racial and ethnic minorities (URMs). The group is charged with advising the dean of the School of Medicine on strategies that will accomplish the goal of recruitment of faculty and the development of leaders that reflect our medical school class and society.
The committee has been educating itself on the nature of diversity issues, especially regarding recruitment and retention. Through dialogue and presentations – both quantitative and qualitative – they have learned much about the racial and ethnic composition, and personal experiences, of our trainees and faculty who are members of URMs. Additionally, the committee has identified several rationales for addressing diversity issues, including financial and economic, social justice and enhancement of excellence. These strategies will be the basis for the committee’s report to the Dean and to the members of the Advisory Board of the Medical Faculty (ABMF).