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Our purpose is to create an academic health care community where every member is respected and valued by leveraging differences in ways that allow people to understand and be understood, and work together productively to change what’s possible.

Inspired by the mission and values of the university, diversity and inclusion is an integral part of the fabric of the MUSC family. These values establish the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan’s foundation of introspection, awareness, understanding, and mutual respect.

“We are committed to creating an inclusive experience for the lives we touch.”

Why Are We So Committed ?

It’s the right thing to do. Whether providing patient care, educating students, or making new research discoveries, we must make ALL of those who touch MUSC in some way feel like they are in the right place, and that they belong here.

Diversity promotes a healthy bottom-line. Numerous studies and national leaders have definitively made the case for diversity and inclusion – organizations with robust diversity and inclusion cultures generate more revenue and are better able to execute and innovate around the services they provide.

Diversity and inclusion breeds innovation and innovation is the key to better health care. The more variations in opinions, ideas expertise, education, culture, and background, the more flexible, effective, and accurate we become as an academic medical center and biomedical research leader in a constantly changing industry.

Our Recent Strides in Diversity & Inclusion 

Business powerhouse, Forbes, has named the Medical University of South Carolina to its list of America’s 2018 Best Employers for Diversity. MUSC is ranked #53 out of 250 organizations on the list. We are in the company of brand giants such as Google, Starbucks, Walt Disney, The Smithsonian Institute, Harvard University and Procter & Gamble among many others. 

MUSC is on track to spend $52 million with small, women- and minority-owned businesses during construction on the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion and will spend $13 million with African-American-owned businesses in phases 1 and 2 of construction. Read more:

The American Association of Medical Colleges ranks MUSC in the 97th percentile for medical schools with the most African-American graduates and ranks MUSC in the 95th percentile for medical schools preparing physicians to care for patients of different backgrounds. 

MUSC has increased the percentage of African-American nurses by 7 percent to 11.2 percent in less than two years.

All six MUSC colleges have diversity officers.

All new faculty, staff and students participate in mandatory diversity and inclusion training. One hundred percent of leaders at MUSC Health completed at least four hours of diversity and inclusion training in the last year including courses in managing a diverse workforce and unconscious bias.

Enterprise-wide, there is a 4-hour diversity training requirement for students, administrators and other faculty and hospital leaders. First-year students in all six colleges participate in a seminar during the first several weeks of the fall semester to satisfy this requirement.

MUSC has increased the number of diversity and inclusion education opportunities, in-person/classroom and webinars by 54 percent and the number of program participants by 36 percent.

The Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program in MUSC’s College of Graduate Studies, funded by the National Institutes of Health, recruits diverse students to the biomedical sciences to better address and reduce health disparities.

The Minorities in Medicine program is a partnership with College of Charleston Admissions bringing mentors and other resources to prospective underrepresented minority medical students.

In 2016, MUSC supported 23 projects to help recruit underrepresented minorities into health professions and science, technology, engineering and math careers.

MUSC Health was named in 2016 a leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. 

The DIAL program allows patients who speak Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Portuguese or French to order meals in their native language.

Kids Eat Free at MUSC has served 10,000 meals to children at risk for hunger during the summer since the program began in 2015.

MUSC will host the Inclusion to Innovation Summit: Diverse Pathways to Organizational Excellence in November 2017.

MUSC students donate about 16,000 hours of volunteer service to our community annually. Since 1993, more than 9,500 MUSC students have donated 330,000 hours to about 125 local organizations. At today’s value of $23.07 for every volunteer hour, that’s more than $7.6 million that MUSC students have given back to Charleston.   

MUSC scientists such as Ann-Marie Broome, are training researchers of the future, including a large contingent from Burke High School, through an extensive internship program.

An MUSC faculty member launched the first Charleston chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, which is the first professional chapter of the group in the U.S. The chapter is the first to incorporate multiple organizations and institutions located throughout a professional community.