Commitment to Diversity & Cultural Competence

Our Commitment to Diversity

Diversity at the MGH Institute encompasses an inclusive and welcoming environment that is enhanced by persons who differ in gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, socio-economic background, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression, and religious belief.

This expression of our commitment to diversity is reflected in a community that is bound by the desire for equal consideration for all people. It is affirmed by the Institute's policies and recruitment and retention activities, thus ensuring that all members of our community have the ability to reach their individual and collective potential.

Our Commitment to Cultural Competence

The growing cultural and linguistic diversity of the U.S. and world's populations calls for health professionals who strive continually to achieve cultural competence and are able to function effectively across an array of multicultural interpersonal and social situations.

Becoming culturally competent is a lifelong learning process that encompasses cultural humility, awareness, sensitivity, knowledge, commitment, engagement, skill, and ultimately, behavior that reflects cultural competence.

Becoming culturally competent enhances the capacity of health professionals and health care organizations to assess, plan, deliver, evaluate and continually improve care that is sensitive to and respectful of the diverse beliefs, values, practices, and needs of the individuals, families, and communities served.

Becoming culturally competent also involves consideration of existing disparities in health care and health outcomes, and the changes in professional practice, health policies, financing, and systems of care needed to address them.

Institute Announces Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism Initiative

June 2020 -

At the Institute, racial justice has been a priority for years, but truthfully our gains, while at times significant, have fallen short of what we want to be as a graduate school educating the next generation of health care providers. For if we do not model an environment where all are treated fairly and feel equal, how will the thousands of patients we care for receive the dignity and respect they deserve, especially at such vulnerable times as when they seek our care?

View the 6-part framework.



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Diversity & Cultural Competence Education Resources

Resources developed to deepen the diversity and cultural competence in education at the Institute.