Respecting Diversity and Embracing Cultural Differences: 2018 - 2022

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To advance health and wellness across the life span for the people of New York and the world through the education of tomorrow’s leaders in health care and biomedical sciences, innovative research and outstanding clinical care.


Strive for preeminence by promoting inclusion, respecting diversity and embracing cultural differences.

The Future of Medicine is Here

We will:

  • Develop and inspire exceptional physicians and scientists through transformative education.
  • Advance research and discovery to improve health for all.
  • Deliver exceptional, compassionate health care through innovation and integration.

Inclusion Core Values - Embracing Education, Research and Clinical Care


Pioneer new approaches in health care practice, education and research.


Integrate diverse perspectives and contributions from the communities in which we work, live and learn.


Create and implement innovative solutions that advance medicine and improve health.


Through teamwork, multiply the impact of our work for the greatest possible benefit.


Pursue excellence and adhere to the highest standards in all endeavors.

Goals and Strategies

Strive for preeminence by promoting inclusion, respecting diversity and embracing cultural differences.

Goal 1: Foster a climate that promotes diversity and inclusion while embracing cultural differences


  1. Create a culture where actions and words support diversity, foster learning and adhere to professional standards.
  2. Ensure that the Jacobs School diversity goals and values are considered across the academic, research and clinical care practices.
  3. Provide recognition to individuals and groups actively working to create a welcoming, respectful and inclusive climate at the Jacobs School and in the community.
  4. Strive for excellence in science and health care  by promoting inclusion and cultural changes through increases in individual and group participation.

Goal 2: Develop and nurture a diverse cohort of individuals to pursue professional and graduate careers in medicine, and biomedical and behavioral sciences


  1. Strategically attract talented pre-medical and undergraduate students by increasing the pool of qualified applicants.
  2. Maximize efforts to select, admit and enroll diverse medical and   graduate students classes.
  3. Develop consistent career, academic and professional development coaching and leverage these resources to recruit the most talented underrepresented students in health science and STEM disciplines.
  4. Maintain and increase financial support for students with diverse backgrounds.

Goal 3: Expand numbers of underrepresented residents, fellows and postdoctoral scientists who join the faculty of the Jacobs School


  1. Expand outreach to increase the number of medical students  from diverse backgrounds applying to  all Jacobs School residency programs.
  2. Develop strategies to increase the number of applicants from  diverse backgrounds interviewing, ranking and matching for residency at the Jacobs School.
  3. Improve and expand peer support and mentoring for residents, fellows and postdoctoral scientists.
  4. Strengthen the faculty pipeline by promoting transition of residents,  fellows and postdoctoral scientists to junior faculty positions.

Goal 4: Engage and develop outstanding, diverse and culturally competent faculty and senior leadership


  1. Develop and support proactive and unbiased approaches to attract talented and diverse faculty applicants.
  2. Ensure that the interview/selection process provides a positive, open and welcoming introduction to the School and the WNY community.
  3. Implement consistent School-wide mentoring and professional development standards.
  4. Proactively nominate faculty for national and international leadership positions and recognitions awards.
  5. Monitor retention-related issues, including loss of new hires and resignation of successful well-established faculty.


Dubocovich, Margarita
Margarita Dubocovich, PhD, FASPET, FACNP
SUNY Distinguished Professor; Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology; Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion