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Creating healthy futures for all, locally, nationally and globally.
The mission for the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health reflects our collective values of building health and equity, and our commitment to driving positive change for all people. We’re acting on this mission with efforts in the three areas that are core to the work of all great research universities: education, discovery and service. In each of our three core domains we affirm our commitment to cultivating leaders, developing evidence-based solutions and working in partnership with communities to promote health and well-being in ways that are innovative, respectful, and inclusive.
We strive to fulfill our mission of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion through the following four initiatives, with the intention of creating a climate in the Fielding School for students, faculty and staff that honors and supports the excellence, creativity, passion and contributions of every member of our community. We recognize and value—and act on our beliefs—that our individual differences enrich our common vision for each of us personally, and increase our creativity and effectiveness professionally. We propose to catalyze this transformation through the following four Initiatives.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives:
1. Student training to develop the awareness, knowledge and skills that will prepare our students to be leaders in public health practice and research in a multicultural school and world, where equity, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to healthy communities. We begin this transformation in the Fielding School of Public Health (FSPH) by integrating EDI into classes and additional training opportunities.
2. Faculty and staff skill development to build and foster creative, safe and respectful spaces for thoughtful and productive dialogue that supports individuals’ ability to voice concerns and differences, and be respectfully acknowledged. We seek to build and support equity for students, staff, alumni, and faculty members of the FSPH community, and to stimulate and enhance our creative problem solving approaches by testing new theories, conducting research to identify and promote strategies that will more effectively address the broad range of public health issues for all population groups, and model and practice these skills.
3. Community events with the Fielding School’s alumni associations to increase engagement with and involvement in diverse communities in Los Angeles and around the globe through school-wide projects with multi-departmental teams in partnership with FSPH’s Public Health Student Association, student body, faculty and staff. The Fielding School’s alumni associations to increase engagement with and involvement in diverse communities in Los Angeles and around the globe through school-wide projects with multi-departmental teams in partnership with FSPH’s Public Health Student Association, student body, faculty and staff.
4. School-wide opportunities designed to encourage and enable faculty, staff, alumni and students to come together to discuss current events that impact individuals or subgroups, and to do so in an open forum which enables participants to voice concerns and provide a setting for greater understanding of each other’s perspectives, expand each of our worldviews, and create solutions for our shared FSPH community. Opportunities include gatherings such as Meet and Greets held every 3-5 weeks during the academic year.
The Initiatives of FSPH on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are overseen by the Diversity Committee which is made up of an FSPH Faculty Chair, representatives from FSPH’s five academic departments, student representatives from academic departments and student groups, and representatives each from the staff and FSPH Alumni Association. The charge of this committee is to work with the school to identify ways in which the four EDI Initiatives can be effectively implemented and integrated into the culture of the school to create sustainable and successful means to achieve the mission in a manner that enriches the lives of FSPH students, faculty, alumni, and staff and provides a strong and positive base for every individual’s personal and professional careers.