Integrate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We will center diversity, equity, and inclusion in our identity through our research, practice, operations, and educational activities.

Public health research and practice never stop evolving. Although diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) have long been at the heart of the public health work that we conduct at Rollins, we must continue to push for justice and equity among the communities we work with and for. Equity-centered research and practice—focusing on social justice, anti-racism, and cultural humility—are woven throughout our new five-year strategic plan.

We will focus on recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff, and trainees, and adopt an equity- centered transformative framework in all of our research and educational activities. We will also prioritize social justice and equity by recruiting, retaining, and supporting faculty with expertise in health equity.

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Over the next five years, we will create a school-wide accountability structure to standardize DEI principles and evaluate progress. This structure will involve setting and communicating minimum DEI goals and standards for all departments, implementing a culture and system of evaluation for leadership and managers, increasing visibility and support for existing DEI work, and fostering a culture of shared responsibility for DEI goals and outcomes.

Our DEI objectives are intricately connected with every other goal in our strategic plan—and are critical to the plan’s success and to our strength as a school of public health.

Public health professionals don’t get to treat an individual, or a group, or a community in one silo. We’re always thinking about the complexities that impact people’s choices—not just their race, but class differences, language, nationality, veteran status, all of it. At Rollins, DEI isn’t left to one person or one department—it’s something everybody is focused on, and that collective energy makes me hopeful. JOANNE MCGRIFF, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Objectives and Tactics

Establish a school-wide accountability structure to achieve our diversity, equity, and inclusion standards.

  • Adopt a culture of shared responsibility for DEI goals and outcomes, including communication of minimum DEI goals and standards for all departments and units.
  • Integrate inclusiveness and equity expectations in leadership, staff, and faculty evaluations.
  • Provide clear guidelines and resources for reporting DEI-related concerns.

Integrate values of diversity, equity, and inclusion across all aspects of our mission.

  • Increase the visibility of and support for DEI work at Rollins.
  • Sustain a systematic DEI assessment of the curriculum that guides continuous improvement.
  • Provide increased DEI resources and training for all instructors and faculty.

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