OHSU POLICY 03-05-030

Diversity at OHSU means creating a community of inclusion. We honor, respect, embrace and value the unique contributions and perspectives of all employees, patients, students, volunteers and our local and global communities.

Diversity includes age, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, diversity of thought, ideas and more.

Diversity maximizes our true potential for creativity, innovation, quality patient care, educational excellence and outstanding service.

2013 Diversity Action Plan

AAEO Helps Build Diversity

Diverse recruitment is the duty of all organizational structures within OHSU. AAEO is available to assist the OHSU community with this effort and has developed these Diversity Strategy Tips.

AAEO partners with several departments to increase the number of under-represented applicants and recently graduated college and university students.
Our partners include:

For more educational resources supporting diversity, please see the AAEO Education page.


Diversity Resources at OHSU

  • Diversity Advisory Council (DAC)

    Diversity is central to our core values. OHSU's President created the Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) to help fulfill one of the six goals of OHSU's strategic plan, Vision 2020: "to be a great organization, diverse in people and ideas."

    The DAC advises the President and the Executive Leadership Team on enhancing diversity, multiculturalism and equal opportunity for all aspects of the university's mission. As a campus-wide group, the DAC supports diversity initiatives across the university—everything from helping units understand the business case for diversity to providing practical resources for employees, students, and community members.

    The DAC represents all of university's mission areas and student, staff, and faculty groups. Working together, DAC members enhance communication and collaboration across OHSU's schools and departments.

  • Physical Access Committee (PAC)

    The Physical Access Committee (PAC) is charged with identifying barriers to access by people with disabilities at OHSU and to present findings and recommendations to OHSU's administration concerning access needs and priorities for meeting those needs. 

    The committee's primary responsibility is to identify barriers that interfere with the ability of people with a disability to access OHSU. Findings and recommendations shall identify the barriers to access that prevent people with a disability from meaningfully using campus facilities related to instruction, academic support, assembly and residence.

  • Center for Diversity & Inclusion

    The Center for Diversity & Inclusion at Oregon Health & Science University supports and works in collaboration with the academic units, hospitals, and other campus and community resources in promoting an environment that values and nurtures an inclusive environment of diversity through various resources and programs for students, staff and faculty.

The OHSU Healthcare Cultural Advocacy Team (CAT), founded in 2009, was chartered to lead diversity and inclusion initiatives which encourage a culturally sensitive and inclusive environment at OHSU hospitals and clinics. The CAT has members from various professional, geographical, cultural, ethnic, sexual orientation and religious/spiritual backgrounds. The program manager of diversity and inclusion at Healthcare Human Resources leads this team.

  • Employee Resource Groups

    University sponsored Employee Resource Groups, which align with OHSU diversity initiatives and goals and that ultimately supports all within and across OHSU and the community.
  • OHSU Pride

    University sponsored Employee Resource Group, which aligns with OHSU diversity initiatives and goals and that ultimately supports all within and across OHSU and the community. Through implementation of best practices, retreat planning, and collaboration with the Diversity Advisory Council and other supporters, OHSU Pride has emerged as an LGBTQ Employee Resource Group ready to provide leadership in the arena of LGTBQ employee, student, and patient issues.
  • Global Health

    The Global Health Center is a university-wide program that promotes interdisciplinary global health education, research, service and advocacy to reduce the burden of illness and injury at home and abroad. 

  • Women in Academic Medicine (WAM)

    The Women in Academic Medicine Committee was established as a standing committee of the School of Medicine in 1993 to address issues of concern to women faculty including career advancement, career satisfaction, participation by women on decision-making bodies at OHSU, pay equity, discrimination, and parenting and schedule flexibility issues. The perspectives of women medical and graduate students and residents are sought. Recommendations from the committee are designed to benefit all members of the School of Medicine.