Welcome to The Center for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion!

The Center for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion was created to advance the School's diversity and inclusion goals through targeted workforce development, improving the institutional climate, engaging our regional and tribal communities, and integrating diversity into the curriculum of the medical school. CEDI, as it is more commonly known, works with departments and teams on diversity and inclusion goals, providing training, and ultimately improving patient care.

As we work to enrich our website with the ongoing diversity efforts in our School, we invite you to explore and check out some of the ways we are working with the entire pipeline from K-12 to Faculty Development. Here you will find valuable opportunities to connect with others as you traverse the career pathway to medicine - from pipeline opportunities, professional affinity groups, financial resources, diversity and equity resources, inspiration and role models, and strategies for success. We hope you will visit us again and again and check out what's new in CEDI.


You can find our core guiding principles for Cultural Competence for Medical Education here.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The UW School of Medicine values diversity and inclusion and is committed to building and sustaining an academic community in which teachers, researchers and learners achieve the knowledge, skills and attitudes that value and embrace inclusiveness, equity and awareness as a way to unleash creativity and innovation. The Center for Equity Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI) was established in 2012 to serve as a resource and catalyst for helping to transform the School into a multicultural organization. Diversity as a core value embodies inclusion, mutual respect, and multiple perspectives. In this context, we are mindful of all aspects of human identities, such as socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, spiritual practice, geography, mental and physical disability and age. Inclusion is a core element for successfully achieving diversity. Inclusion is achieved by intentionally creating opportunities for involvement, participation, and growth from each of us - nurturing the climate and culture of the institution through professional development, education, policy, and practice. Equity as a core value means that we demonstrate fairness and justice in the way people are treated within our School. Our objective is to create a School climate that fosters respect, belonging, value for all and encourage participation and connection throughout the institution. The UW School of Medicine supports diversity through various initiatives, including:
  • Utilization of departmental diversity metrics to help us move the School towards becoming a more inclusive working and learning environment
  • Creating a solid, mission-based holistic admissions process in the selection of medical student body
  • Provision of UW School of Medicine Diversity Scholarship for students
  • Supporting affinity-based student, resident, and faculty groups that provide support, resources, and mentoring for each community
  • Providing ways for our entire WWAMI community to engage in diversity efforts to improve health outcomes for all
  • And more…
The School, through its’ Center for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (CEDI), provides training, tools, and resources for workforce development, improving the institutional climate, inclusive curricula, cultural proficiency training, leadership development, and community engagement. Building on the rich cultural history, traditions, and diversity of the WWAMI region, the School is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the general public through excellence in biomedical education, research and health care.

AAMC Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin
Washington, D.C., June 24, 2013—AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., issued the following statement on today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Abigail Noel Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, et al:
“The AAMC is pleased that the Supreme Court continues to recognize the educational benefits of diversity and the appropriateness of individualized, holistic review in admissions. Diversity is a vital component of excellence in education, clinical care, and research at the nation’s medical schools and is a requirement for accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. more...

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