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Office of Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

The Office of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University was created to build upon the successes of the Temple University Office of Recruitment, Admissions and Retention. Temple University has had a long standing commitment to diversity and an inclusive environment. We are committed to meeting our mission throughout Temple Health.  

Located in the heart of an economically distressed and diverse urban area, the School of Medicine is acutely aware of the impact of the national systemic problems related to the lack of health equity and access to affordable, culturally responsive healthcare. In response, we will address issues to promote health equity through education, care delivery, workforce development and research. We recognize that an environment enriched with persons from varied backgrounds working to address health disparity enhances scholarly work and the development of a culturally aware and responsive healthcare workforce.

The School of Medicine values and embraces a diverse community reflected by individuals’ race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identity, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, language, national origin, religious affiliation, spiritual practice, mental and physical ability/disability and age.  In response to the needs of our local community and patient population, we will concentrate our recruitment and retention efforts on students, residents, and faculty who identify as Black/African American, Hispanic/ Latino and/or educationally and economically disadvantaged, while also being intentional in our efforts to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for women and LGBT students, residents, faculty and staff.

We are committed to achieving a climate of inclusion that respects and affirms diverse backgrounds and life experiences. We recognize that excellence in all aspects of education, training, research, and care delivery can only be achieved when all students, faculty, staff, community members and patients experience authentic connection and engagement; feel supported; and are encouraged to participate and contribute to creating health equity.

View the Office of Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion's brochure. (PDF)

View the Anti-Discrimination Policy. (PDF)


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Where are all the black male doctors? Temple event aims to cultivate connections (Philadelphia Inquirer; November 15, 2018)

Black Men Gather to Promote Careers in Medicine (LKSOM Narrative Medicine Program; November 21, 2018)

Temple brings black men in medicine together to boost doctors of color (WHYY; November 21, 2018)