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DEI Framework

DEI Framework

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Framework is the School of Medicine’s strategy to grow and sustain a more diverse and inclusive working and learning environment that improves the health and wellbeing of North Carolinians and others whom we serve. The framework is aligned with the school’s Forward Together Strategic Plan. It has five primary dimensions:
  1. Infrastructure
  2. Access and Success
  3. Climate and Intra/Intergroup Relations
  4. Curriculum and Scholarship
  5. Community Engagement
We use Inclusive Excellence Plans to integrate the DEI Framework across the school’s units and departments. The plans include goals, initiatives or action items, metrics, due dates, accountability, and are data driven where appropriate.

DEI Department Action Items

Action items were developed from individual, small group, and large group conversations that took place after the SOM June 3rd, 2020 Town Hall meeting. The conversations included leadership, faculty, staff, trainees, and students from across the SOM and by clinical and basic science departments. The below action items are a result of the DEI Path Forward process and this webpage provides transparency to hold leaders accountable. The goal is to complete the listed action items over the next 6-12 months (by June 30, 2021) and OIE will request updates in November, March, and May. SOM leadership action Items are currently provided and action items by departments will be listed in mid to late August.

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1) The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Framework and the Inclusive Excellence Plan are based on the work of Dr. Damon William’s book Strategic Diversity Leadership: Activating Change and Transformation in Higher Education and three monographs disseminated by the Association of American College and Universities: Making Diversity Work on Campus: A Research-Based Perspective, Achieving Equitable Educational Outcomes with All Students: The Institution’s Roles and Responsibilities, and Toward a Model of Inclusive Excellence and Change in Postsecondary Institutions. Inclusive Plan Template