Respecting Diversity and Embracing Cultural Differences: 2018 – 2024

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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.

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

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

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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.

Vision and Goals

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

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Goal 1: Foster a climate that promotes diversity and inclusion while embracing cultural differences to eradicate systemic racism


  1. Create a working and learning environment 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. Strive for excellence in science and health care by promoting inclusion and cultural changes through increases in individual and group participation.
  4. Create an environment that promotes wellness.

Goal 2: Attract, 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 cohorts of medical and graduate students.
  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: Increase numbers of underrepresented residents, fellows, and postdoctoral scientists and opportunities for post-training retention


  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, develop, and retain outstanding, diverse and culturally competent faculty, staff and senior leadership


  1. Develop and support proactive and unbiased approaches to attract talented and diverse faculty applicants reflective of U.S. demographics.
  2. Ensure that interview/selection processes provide a positive, open and welcoming introduction to the Jacobs School and WNY community.
  3. Actively maintain pipelines and retain faculty from diverse backgrounds from within the university and outside the university.
  4. Monitor retention-related issues, including loss of new hires and resignation of successful well-established faculty.
  5. Implement consistent School-wide mentoring, anti-racist and professional development standards for faculty, senior leadership, and staff.
  6. Proactively nominate faculty for national and international recognition awards and leadership positions.

Goal 5: Engage the surrounding communities in educating our emerging cadre of physicians, scientists, and educators, and motivate Jacobs School members to participate in service to our community


  1. Increase community involvement with the Jacobs School programs and members.
  2. Support learner engagement in community improvement.
  3. Establish a Jacobs School community that encourages the comingling of members across all academic levels, programs and departments.
  4. Create a mutually collegial relationship between police/security and the students, faculty, and community members within the medical campus and broader municipalities.

Goal 6: Encourage, evaluate, publicly acknowledge, and celebrate the work of those who contribute to the mission of diversity and inclusion at the Jacobs School


  1. Establish a schedule and method for evaluation of the outcomes of diversity and inclusion efforts, including a CQI process.
  2. Establish the Jacobs School as a leader in systemic transformation of culture and attitudes regarding marginalized communities via transparency of actions and communication of intentions.
  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. Increase media presence of diversity and inclusion initiatives and opportunities


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