Student Affairs

Student Affairs

Diversity Statement

Within the world of higher education, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) has long been a champion of diversity and inclusion. As a moral imperative, the students, faculty, administration and staff of CDU continue to place great value on diversity. For us, diversity is a philosophy of inclusion, with pluralism and academic freedom as its foundation. CDU is committed to an open environment that promotes, accepts and celebrates varying backgrounds and points of view. CDU is a community of individuals in which diversity is recognized as being the core of the intellectual, social, cultural, physical, and moral body of who we are.
 
In an organization so reliant on its members, creating a diverse and inclusive community is not only the right thing to do; it's critical to the successful implementation of our mission. The greatest challenges facing us in the century ahead are incredibly complex and will require diverse teams who can work collaboratively and innovatively. Actively seeking a student body, faculty, and staff who represent the diversity of our region, nation, and world is necessary to prepare our students for an increasingly globalized and connected world.
 
All of us are enriched by our encounters with one another, and we strive to learn from each other in an atmosphere of positive engagement and mutual respect. Our understanding and acceptance of one another in the campus environment contributes to our ability to care for our patients, who live in diverse, and often times burdened, circumstances.
 
The University, in accordance with various laws and beliefs, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, class, gender identity, politics, mental/physical ability, gender, or sexual orientation in any of its policies, procedures or practices. Furthermore, CDU acknowledges the guaranteed right of free expression under the First Amendment. However, we also hold unique responsibilities as individuals, accountable for our own behavior and conduct. Seeking balance between rights and responsibilities makes us keenly aware of the dangers of defamatory, libelous, or obscene behavior, the value of community, and the importance of respecting our differences and commonalties. As individuals committed to health professions focused on serving underserved and diverse populations, we embrace the important principle of caring for the whole person, including the person’s unique background.