Diversity and Inclusion Policy
Promoting Diversity
Diversity Objectives and Definitions
 

Diversity

California Northstate University (CNU) considers diversity an integral part of the entire academic enterprise. Blending of different life and cultural experiences is of prime importance in the selection of faculty and staff and in the selection of students and the education of future healthcare providers. CNU seeks to foster a broad and diverse community of faculty, staff, and students to enrich the educational environment and expand the knowledge base for our students. The value of this diversity emphasis for CNU educational programs and staffing will be realized by the production of culturally competent healthcare providers who can serve our nation’s increasing diverse population.

The College of Medicine Diversity and Inclusion Policy
California Northstate University College of Medicine (CNUCOM) considers diversity an integral part of the entire academic enterprise. Blending of different life and cultural experiences is of prime importance in the selection of faculty and staff and in the selection of students who will serve as future physicians. CNUCOM seeks to foster a broad and diverse community of faculty, staff, and students to enrich the educational environment and expand the knowledge base for our students. The value of this diversity emphasis for CNUCOM educational programs and staffing will be realized by the production of culturally competent physicians who can serve our nation’s increasing diverse population.

Promoting Diversity
Diversity enhances the educational environment and enriches the experience of the faculty, staff, and students. CNU aims to create a culture in which everyone feels valued and included. This culture of inclusion fully appreciates differences in perspective, not only in composition, but of thought, expression, desires, and goals. CNU values all dimensions of diversity among students, faculty, and staff, including but not limited to age, race/ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, and geographic diversity.

CNU aims to increase the numbers of “racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the healthcare professions” among CNU students, faculty, and staff. Diversity goals include:
  • Recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff and student body;
  • Creating and evaluating diversity initiatives;
  • Developing educational and training sessions for faculty, staff and students to ensure cultural competency;
  • Engaging the community through programs to increase diversity in the health care profession.

Diversity Objectives and Definition


The mission statement for California Northstate University College of Medicine is to advance the art and science of medicine through education, service, scholarship, and social accountability.

The Diversity objectives for CNUCOM directly reflect service and social accountability as components of the mission statement. In direct response to the diversity directives of the American Medical Association and in order to promote a culturally competent and diverse medical profession, The Office of Student Affairs at California Northstate University College of Medicine (CNUCOM) has developed an initial plan to recruit and enroll a student body that is richly diverse across racial, economic, ethnic, socio-demographic, and geographic lines and seeks to improve delivery of health care services to under-served and minority populations. It is critical, however, that all students have a high standard of academic ability and show potential for achieving success in the field of medicine. The institution believes that implementation of such a plan will ultimately lead to enrollment of a diverse student population and in the future, provide a benefit to society by increasing the numbers of minorities, not only among practicing physicians, but also among health profession educators, scientists, public health officials, health researchers, health insurance executives, and health care policy makers.

CNUCOM defines student diversity through these three value-added categories:
  1. Minorities under-represented in Medicine: CNUCOM recognizes the importance of increasing the number of under-represented minorities in medicine applying to and matriculating in medical school. Given the importance of creating a critical mass of matriculants in a given ethnic/cultural heritage, our plan is to focus first on the recruitment of students with Latino/Chicano/Hispanic heritage, which is the largest under-represented minority population in the State of California. Once our efforts have resulted in a critical mass of these students in the class, we will turn the majority of our efforts towards recruiting African American students, followed by the Asian ethnicities of Samoan, Cambodian, and Hmong/Laotian cultural heritage.
  2. Military Service Background: CNUCOM recognizes the contribution to a diverse class stemming from the recruitment and retention of those who have previously served in the US armed forces.
  3. Disadvantaged Socio-Economic Background: CNUCOM recognizes the contribution to a diverse class stemming from recruiting and retaining students from low socio-economic status backgrounds.
     

California Northstate University College of Medicine ♦ 9700 West Taron Drive ♦ Elk Grove, CA 95757 ♦ Phone: (916) 686-7400