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Office of Diversity and Cultural Competence

An institution to which the world looks for leadership in the study and practice of medicine and medical research must incorporate a diversity of thought and perspective.  At Johns Hopkins Medicine, we believe that by recruiting and retaining a diverse community and creating a climate of respect, innovation is encouraged and our ability to fulfill the institution’s core mission is greatly enhanced. 

Chiquita A. Collins, Ph.D.

Welcome letter from Associate Dean,
Chiquita A. Collins, Ph.D.

On behalf of the Office of Diversity and Cultural Competence, welcome and thank you for your interest in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  As the rapid changing demographics are reshaping the delivery of healthcare taking place today, we are committed to creating a workforce and student body that reflects this change.

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Our Mission

The Office of Diversity and Cultural Competence (ODCC) oversees diversity and inclusion initiatives for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In our role, we work to promote diversity in education, training and professional development for our faculty, fellows, residents, students and staff. At the same time, we aim to foster a spirit of inclusion, making sure that everyone’s voice is heard and that every person is able to contribute to our community. The associate dean would like to extend a warm welcome and invite you to come visit us.


The vision of the Office of Diversity and Cultural Competence at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is of an inclusive and supportive community in which everyone feels valued and respected. 

We support leadership in helping to create an environment where diversity and inclusion become "second nature", i.e., embedded in all that we do and consistently reflected across all the communities that we serve. Find out more about the rationale for a more diverse and inclusive School of Medicine. In the spirit of inclusion, we welcome feedback, ideas and suggestions to help make Johns Hopkins Medicine a more vibrant, diverse community. 

We’re taking meaningful steps to address gaps in minority representation throughout JHM and to create a culture where diversity and inclusion are not just talked about but prioritized.

- Dean/CEO Paul Rothman

Dean/CEO Paul Rothman

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About Us

Our efforts to improve diversity and inclusion are part of the Johns Hopkins mission to maintain excellence at both the national and global levels. Hopkins has been a national leader in medicine because it has attracted and retained the best talent.   In order to serve today’s globalized, diverse community that talent must come from across the United States and the world.

Fostering a spirit of inclusion is about making sure that everyone’s voice is heard, and that every person can contribute to our community. We want to make Johns Hopkins a center of innovation for new ideas, and that calls for a safe, welcoming environment where all staff and faculty members can grow and achieve professionally.