Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

a group of IHSI staffWorking toward a community that is open, just, and welcoming for all

IHSI strives to create a healthier community and a healthier society. Inherent to this mission is a culture that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Diversity committee

In August 2020, IHSI formed a staff-led diversity committee to define and develop our institute’s commitment to address racism and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. Primary responsibilities of the committee include:

  • Advise IHSI leadership and develop plans that increase expectations and accountability for promoting diversity, with measurable outcomes and goals in mind
  • Serve as a point of contact for incorporating diversity goals into initiatives, programs, and partnerships
  • Develop best practices and help to implement these practices at IHSI
  • Communicate with the IHSI team about committee activities and progress
  • Serve as diversity representative on every IHSI search committee

The committee hosts discussions, shares resources, and works to engage all staff in creating a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment. In 2022, all staff members participated in a facilitated Intercultural Awareness Inventory group training and reflection both as a team and as individuals. IHSI staff members are also given professional development funds and encouraged to take part in training and educational opportunities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Health equity 

The Health Equity core provides guidance for designing and disseminating research that reduces health disparities and works towards positive health outcomes for all members of society. This core works through campus and community partnerships to integrate equity into all stages of the research development process.

Student programs 

The Community-Academic Scholars program creates opportunities for students to address critical issues in the community related to health, poverty, and/or social inequality. Preference is given to students from underrepresented backgrounds, and to those whose background reflects the communities their project serves.

The We CU Community Engaged Scholars Program connects students with a range of projects that advance social justice in our local community through partnerships with community organizations and nonprofits. The program offers a mini grants program for students to offset any costs related to service.