Diversity Engagement Survey Results

Diversity Engagement Survey Resources

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Message from Larry J. Shapiro, MD, Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and Dean – June 5, 2015

Members of the School of Medicine Community,

At the School of Medicine, we have been seeking a deeper understanding of issues involving diversity and inclusion.  To best serve the community in the broadest sense, we first must look inside to ensure that the people who study, work and train here feel welcomed, respected and nurtured.

To get a better understanding, faculty, staff, postdocs, fellows, residents and students on the Medical Campus were invited in November to take an anonymous Diversity Engagement Survey. We felt the survey would help us assess where we are in terms of diversity and inclusion and how we can improve at the School of Medicine.

Survey results for the entire university were touched upon in a previous message from Chancellor Wrighton.  I would like to share results specific to the School of Medicine.

There was strong participation in the survey, and the results indicate that race, gender and other factors play a significant role in how we perceive our connection to the School of Medicine. While the findings still are being processed, areas in need of improvement have been identified and will be a focus for us.  The results give us a baseline so that we may gauge our progress as we move forward.

Here are some summary points from the School of Medicine's survey results:

  • A significant majority of responses were positive or very positive regarding how respondents view their connection to the school’s vision, mission and purpose, as well as how they view camaraderie and appreciation in the work environment. 
  • Under-represented minorities (African-American and Hispanic respondents) were less positive than Caucasian participants, particularly on questions regarding mutual respect, trust in management, and diversity within the school. Asian respondents were as positive as or slightly more positive than Caucasian survey-takers regarding most issues.
  • Women were generally as positive as men in their responses. However, women were less positive than men on questions related to trust in management, and whether people are recognized equally based on their contributions.
  • Younger employees were more positive in their responses than older employees, and employees here less than five years were more positive than those who had worked here longer.
  • Students were generally more positive than those in other groups.

      There is more information to be culled from the survey, including more than 1,000 comments offered by participants. They are being compiled, and the overriding messages will be shared this summer.

Our aim is to move the conversation from awareness to understanding, commitment and action.

For those interested in training involving diversity and inclusion, I encourage you to sign up by contacting Daniel Blash, PhD, our newly named assistant dean of cultural awareness and staff diversity. Some 7,000 faculty, staff, postdocs, fellows, residents and students on the Medical Campus have participated in this training over the past year. The benefits and insight for many have been immediate, and I am grateful so many have shown the desire and commitment to build on where these important discussions have taken us.

In addition to those training sessions, the School of Medicine launched a series of forums last fall to encourage open, respectful discussion about diversity and inclusion.  And in February, the universitywide forum, A Day of Discovery and Dialogue, was held.

Together, these efforts, the responses to them, and the survey results tell me there is much work yet to be done but that we are on the right path. To bring about change, we first need a clear grasp of what needs to be changed. Introspection, respectful sharing of thoughts and ideas, and the dedication I see every day from each of you to this institution and this community tell me we will get there.


Larry J. Shapiro, MD, Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and Dean