Diversity & Inclusion
The School’s Strategic Plan prioritizes the cultivation of a diverse, inclusive, and nurturing environment for students, faculty, staff, and the community. This means striving to be an institution where all people, especially those who are historically marginalized, disenfranchised, or excluded, can thrive. But meaningful change and impact necessitates bold action and investments.
Through a process that is inclusive of the BSPH community, we are developing an Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism, and Equity (IDARE) Action Plan that will integrate with our “Power of Public Health” strategic plan. This strategy acknowledges the importance of:
- Being a model for IDARE among schools of public health;
- Committing ALL of us to actively work towards IDARE and not solely relying on members of our Black community, Indigenous Peoples, and people of color;
- Ensuring adequate resources for advancing IDARE;
- Integrating IDARE as a fundamental thread throughout the work of our School.
While work on this Action Plan is underway, the School is taking immediate action on advancing the eight immediate priorities of the Office of Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism, and Equity (IDARE):
- To develop and implement impactful IDARE trainings for all faculty, students, and staff.
- To increase the share of professorial and non-professorial track faculty that come from historically underrepresented minority (URM) communities over the next five years.
- To ensure the curriculum across all departments and programs is representative and inclusive of diverse populations, especially those who have been traditionally excluded or marginalized.
- To guarantee salary equity and opportunity for JHSPH staff.
- To review and revise all policies, practices, and procedures to ensure IDARE in all we do.
- To expand the School’s research that focuses on the impact of racism on public health and public safety.
- To continue to prioritize our commitment to Baltimore.
- To establish a culture of accountability.
These priorities are only the beginning of our journey to advance systemic, structural, and cultural change. We ask every member of our community to embrace these priorities and contribute to our efforts in support of IDARE.