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Policy on Diversity and Inclusion

University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis' Policy on Diversity and Inclusion was approved by the Board of Trustees on Dec. 1, 2015.

Mission Statement

Diversity in all aspects of and throughout University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis is fundamental to the University’s mission of providing an environment that combines rigorous study with the excitement of discovery. As an institution of higher education, University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis is defined by the belief that a multiplicity of values and beliefs, interests and experiences, intellectual and cultural viewpoints enrich learning and inform scholarship.

But the importance of diversity extends beyond its contribution to a rich academic environment. Diversity enhances all aspects of the healthcare industry that we prepare our students to enter. A multiplicity of perspectives can lead to better, collaborative patient care, innovation in research and successful business strategy.

We are committed to fostering an environment at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis that contributes to the robust exchange of ideas within a diverse community.

Policy on Diversity and Inclusion

University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis strives to be an educational institution that welcomes faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds and situations. University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis is committed to provide all members of our community with equal opportunity to participate in our programs and activities, including but not limited to academic programs, social and recreational programs, and services, and to promote and enhance the diversity of the University community.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY:

University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis does not discriminate against any person based on age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital or familial status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. For students, this applies to educational programs, residential environments, athletics and other co-curricular programs, social and recreational programs, and student services. For faculty, staff, and student employees, this applies to all employment decisions, including selection, benefits, compensation, tenure, training and educational programs, transfer, promotion/demotion, layoff, return from layoff, and termination. In determining whether discrimination or other conduct prohibited under this policy has occurred, what is permissible under applicable laws will be taken into account.

INCLUSION:

University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis firmly embraces the following principles of inclusion to create an environment for equal opportunity and participation in all aspects of the University:

  1. University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis will employ proactive recruitment techniques to attract a diverse group of student applicants, including those from under-represented groups.
  2. University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis will devote resources to support students to enhance the likelihood of their successful matriculation, progression, and graduation.
  3. In all searches, departments will employ proactive recruitment and advertising techniques to attract a diverse group of applicants, including those from under-represented groups.
  4. University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis will provide faculty, staff and students with training and education on equal opportunity issues and avoidance of problems.
  5. It is a core responsibility of the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis President to report on diversity initiatives to the Board of Trustees at the annual meeting.

RESPONSIBLE PARTIES:

While equal opportunity and inclusion are the responsibility of all members of the UHSP community, the President has final responsibility for the overall implementation and monitoring of this policy. It will be the responsibility of the President to determine periodically which groups are under-represented for purposes of this policy and to make appropriate adjustments to implementation of this policy. The daily working responsibility for equal opportunity and inclusion is delegated to the Vice President for Culture and Campus Life. These individuals have responsibility for implementation of this policy and promulgation of the concept of equal opportunity and inclusion. UHSP will implement this policy in accordance with applicable law.

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