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Diversity and inclusion are integral to the core mission and vision of UMMC and its three mission areas - health care, research and education. UMMC commits to attracting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce and student body in order to achieve mission-driven outcomes among the UMMC community. In addition, teaching, curricula, and learning environments must foster a culture inclusiveness where individuals are respected and differences are recognized as strengths that enhance the educational and patient-care experience.

In health care

Building and sustaining a diverse, culturally competent health care workforce is essential to ensuring a rich and fully empowered health system. Our Medical Center is positioned to maximize health services throughout the state, in order to meet the needs of the underserved and eliminate health and health care disparities. Our institution offers free linguistic services which provides highly-skilled and credentialed translators for patients who do not speak English well. We also have a Choctaw liaison on-site. Our university chaplains are theologically and clinically trained ministers who support patients, families, and staff needing pastoral or spiritual support, education, and counseling. UMMC has a successful track record of accommodating patient care through cutting-edge technologies and mobile units to help rural Mississippians in need.

In research

World-renowned scientists and experts are entrenched in addressing questions about diseases to strengthen and advance national research agendas. With nearly 20 centers and institutes at UMMC, research extends from developmental disorders to cardiovascular disease through the Jackson Heart Study to women’s health to LGBTQI health. Diversity and inclusion in evidence-based research is immensely important as it is our goal to effectively treat patients and improve health outcomes for all.

In education

UMMC is committed to educating and training the best and the brightest, and ensuring an inclusive learning environment. The institution has a rich history of sustaining pathway programs and identifying qualified and talented students from underrepresented, economically disadvantaged, and rural areas for admission in our incomparable health professional programs. In addition, our first-class curricula and community engagement efforts across six health professional schools stimulates teaching, learning, and strengthens understanding about diverse patient populations. Student scholarships to support our deserving students is pivotal to their success.