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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Starts at UIC Heading link

Diverse group of faculty, students and patients

UIC is proud to be recognized as having one of the most ethnically and culturally rich college campuses in America.

The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) is one of the nation’s most diverse public research universities. As a federally designated Minority Serving Institution, we are a living, learning, and working community that embraces our diversity. Our aim is to ensure that neither difference nor disadvantage impede the intellectual and professional achievement of our campus community. Every day we welcome students, staff, and faculty from a variety of racial, ethnic, and class backgrounds, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities to achieve this aim. At UIC, diversity is not an end in itself, but a vehicle for advancing access, equity, and inclusion.

My favorite thing about being a student here is the diversity. I get to learn from people with so many different backgrounds, cultures and ways of life. It’s a very welcoming student experience.

Diversity at the College of Dentistry Heading link

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The College is a community of diverse, life-long learners who embody and embrace the richness and value of diversity.

The UIC College of Dentistry prides itself on inclusion. In declaring that diversity and inclusion are our core values, we have dedicated ourselves in building a culture of excellence grounded in principles of equity and social justice.  We recognize and embrace professionalism, humanism, collegiality and diversity of age, race, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, religious belief and thought, not only for our students, but also for our faculty, staff, and patients.

Our welcoming environment and diverse student body engenders deeper learning and provides you with new perspectives on life. Diversity is fundamental to everything we do at the College of Dentistry. In declaring that diversity is a core value, we dedicate ourselves to building a culture of excellence that is grounded in principles of equity and social justice. The College, by policies, practices and spirit, is committed to maintaining a welcoming, inclusive and culturally vibrant learning environment.

Our learning environment recognizes and embraces professionalism, collegiality and diversity of age, race, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, religious beliefs and thought not only for students, but also for faculty, staff, and patients.

The College engages in a continual review of its organizational culture and climate as we recognize the ever-changing world national and local cultural landscapes. The College has developed strategies, programs, and services that advance diversity and address the needs of diverse populations. This includes focused and sustainable programs to recruit and retain diverse students, faculty, and staff.

Definition of Diversity at the UIC College of Dentistry Heading link

The UIC College of Dentistry utilizes the University’s definition of Diversity created by the UIC College of Education. We define diversity as the totality of the ways that people are similar and different, including race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation and identity, disability, national origin and citizenship status, age, language, culture, religion, and economic status, particularly when those similarities and differences are used as a basis for unfair advantage and inequity. The College’s working definition of diversity reflects our firm commitment to inclusion, access, and equity by encompassing groups that have been historically under-represented, excluded, marginalized, or otherwise discriminated against in dental education. The University’s definition of diversity can be found in the A Mosaic for UIC Transformation University of Illinois Chicago Diversity Strategic Planning.

UIC Mosaic for Transformation

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​Diversity Advisory Committee Heading link

The College’s Diversity Advisory Committee plays a pivotal role in fostering inclusively and multicultural awareness at the College.  The Committee oversees the College’s diversity strategic plan, goals and programs.  The Diversity Advisory Committee activities include sponsoring Diversity Day and diversity Lunch and Learns that showcase the diversity present in our students, faculty and staff with an emphasis on diversity in healthcare.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging: Progress

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