​Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity Student Council with Dr. Salinas

Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement staff and student council representatives

The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine is truly a special place –opening new frontiers in education, research and patient care. Our mission is leading healthcare in education, research and patient care. Our goals are uncompromising quality, exceptional service, innovative education, advancing knowledge and institutional strength.

As part of the ongoing efforts regarding diversity and inclusion within the College of Medicine, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement was created by the Office of the Dean to further enhance its commitment to recruiting and retaining a diverse student body. The office works closely with the University of Oklahoma, Office of University Community to enhance and preserve diversity and inclusion within the HSC campus and to continue to cultivate meaningful relationships with the surrounding community through outreach initiatives. The College of Medicine will now directly manage the diversity initiatives for its students by planning, implementing, and evaluating strategies to further diversity and inclusion. ODICE will routinely engage in ongoing, systematic, and focused recruitment and retention activities to achieve our mission focused outcomes among students. Our team consists of the Assistant Dean for Diversity, Dr. Roberto Salinas, MD, and Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator for Student Diversity, Candice Teets.

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Diversity Statement


The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine holds diversity as a value at the very core of its educational, research, service, and health care missions. The University recognizes that diversity embraces race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, status as a veteran, political beliefs, and disability.

The College of Medicine is committed to increasing representation of women, ethnic minorities, and individuals who are members of groups underrepresented in medicine and science among our students, trainees, faculty and our leadership.  We strive to develop inclusive leadership, recruitment, admissions, and retention policies that enhance opportunities for these individuals and strengthen diversity within the College. 

Diversity and the College Mission 

The College of Medicine recognizes that inclusion of groups underrepresented in medicine is essential to the promotion of excellence in healthcare, high quality medical education, and achievement of health equity for residents in the state of Oklahoma. Consistent with our mission to serve our community and state, we are committed to nurturing greater inclusion of the socioeconomically disadvantaged as well as groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine.  

College of Medicine Definition of Diversity

African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Socioeconomically Disadvantaged

Faculty and Senior Administrative Staff: 
Females, African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans

Diversity Programs

The College is committed to developing programs that will promote the academic advancement and success of all students, faculty and staff; weaving and enhancing cultural and diversity instruction in our curriculum; breaking down racial and ethnic stereotypes and promoting cross-cultural understanding; and promoting multi-cultural scholarship. 

The College's programs strive to enhance diversity and cultural competency in the health care workforce by growing the numbers of women and members of racial and ethnic minorities traditionally underrepresented in medicine. 

The College of Medicine diversity goals support the University culture in which diversity and academic excellence are seen as inter-dependent. 

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