Letter from the Chair

April 8, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

I recently had the opportunity to join in on a wonderful exchange among three action groups within the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The conversation focused on the interplay of issues relevant to academic faculty, trainees, and diversity initiatives.  The synergy proved to spark enthusiasm and a strategy to move academic health centers toward the vision of “Diversity 3.0”, a state in which a culture of inclusion is truly foundational to all we do.

In 2015, Emory Radiology partnered with the Emory University Office of Equity and Inclusion to roll out diversity programming to all faculty and staff leaders.  The feedback was highly positive and the resulting thoughtful conversations were impactful.  In order to continue on our path to be a/the premier academic health science center and a best place to work, we must fully embrace a diverse and inclusive work environment. There is, indeed, much evidence to support a strong relationship between a diverse talent pool and organizational success.

I for one am deeply proud that Emory fosters a culture that welcomes inclusion across many domains such as culture, ethic & racial identity, age, gender, disability, and sexual preference.  Yet, we have not arrived at Diversity 3.0 and there is more work to be done in terms of ensuring a consistently welcoming environment for all who may contribute.

Supporting greater awareness of implicit/unconscious bias and ensuring we are employing best practices for hiring, retaining, and developing our entire faculty, staff, and trainees are the first steps. If you are interested in playing a role in these continued efforts, please contact me directly.

To read the Dean’s Letter on The Power of Diversity and Inclusion click here.

Best to all,