Harvard Medical School Diversity Statement


Harvard Medical School is committed to convening and nurturing a diverse community of individuals dedicated to promoting excellence and leadership in medicine and science through education, research, clinical care and service. Our unique perspectives, talents, experiences and contributions as HMS students, trainees, faculty, staff and administrators are the foundation and drivers of our excellence. 

We acknowledge the strengths and weaknesses of our history and actively promote social justice, challenge discrimination and address disparities and inequities.

We celebrate the multiple dimensions of diversity that each member of our community offers, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic circumstance, national origin, geographic background, immigration status, ability and disability, physical characteristics, veteran status, political ideology, religious belief and age.  

We provide a safe environment where all members of our community can engage in dialogue, question, learn and contribute to their fullest potential.

We respect the dignity of all members of our community and aspire to ensure that all feel valued and supported.

We provide education and training that emphasize respect for differences in culture, language and life experience and that address both health disparities and the role that implicit and explicit bias can play in decision making. 

We advance diversity and inclusion in recruitment, admissions, hiring, retention and promotion.

We prioritize diversity and inclusion as we develop HMS policies, practices and procedures.

We support community engagement and partner with our local, national and global communities to advance the diversity pipeline and eliminate health disparities.

We continuously monitor our diversity and inclusion efforts to ensure that the outcomes bring HMS closer to reflecting the diversity found in our patients, community and nation.

We each belong to the HMS community. 

We are Harvard Medicine.

Watch the video of the Better Together Forum on Diversity and Inclusion