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“Inclusivity means not ‘just we’re allowed to be there,’ but we are valued. I’ve always said: smart teams will do amazing things, but truly diverse teams will do impossible things.”   -Claudia Brind-Woody, IBM Executive

Following is a message from Keisha L. Gibson, MD, MPH, FASN, vice chair for diversity and inclusion for the department of medicine:

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Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH (Credit: Rochelle Moser)

Diversity describes who we are. It’s a nod to the unique qualities every individual brings to our program and builds our foundation. Diversity loses its impact however unless inclusion which builds a culture of belonging by actively inviting the contribution and participation of all people happens. Equity is the vehicle by which we accomplish these goals.

As the largest department on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill, it is our privilege and duty to model the active engagement and work necessary to fulfill and maintain our mission of equity, diversity and inclusion. It is our privilege and duty to model the beautiful tapestry of our state of NC fortified by a population that mirrors every dimension of diversity one can imagine. Our commitment to this requires that all faculty, staff, residents, and students of the Department of Medicine actively promote an inclusive environment in which all members of the community and visitors feel welcome. We accomplish this by striving to recognize our implicit biases and working actively to minimize their influence on our interactions and decisions. No matter the rank or role in our department, we all share in the responsibility to foster inclusiveness. By championing this responsibility, we will continue to fulfill the overall mission of our department to “align research and education with outstanding patient care, and to transform clinical medicine into patient-centered care, delivered with the highest standards of quality and compassion” and be best prepared with the strongest teams to “nimbly adjust to an ever-changing landscape”.

This is what makes us UNC Medicine.

 

Keisha L. Gibson, MD, MPH, FASN
Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion