Diversity and Inclusion

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The Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Our goal is to recruit, retain and increase the number of minority students enrolled in the Keck School and to provide counsel to minority medical students. We recognize the importance of diversity and support all efforts to promote the richness of our cultures on campus. Our goal is to graduate socially aware and culturally competent physicians prepared to practice in the global community.

Student Organizations

Several student groups promote diversity through cultural celebrations and by providing educational programs to stimulate underrepresented minority elementary and high school students to excel academically.

Community Activities

Keck maintains a very active role in the community and has a well-documented history of developing and promoting educational programs to improve the health status of underrepresented minorities.

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“At the Keck School of Medicine, diversity means recognizing the richness of our differences and celebrating them together. We prepare students for the diverse populations they will encounter during their clinical rotations and in their future careers.”
Joyce Richey, PhD
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion



Implicit Bias Trainings
The Center for GEMS, in collaboration with KSOM faculty member, Dr. Nicole Mitchell-Chadwick, is offering an opportunity for departments/institutes/centers to receive complimentary, live implicit bias trainings. Sessions are 1-2 hours and include individualized survey creation, analysis, and training concepts. Please see flyer for more information. A limited number of trainings can be conducted throughout this academic year, so if interested, please contact the GEMS Administrative Director at your earliest convenience: Elizabeth O’Toole at eotoole@usc.edu.

LGBTQ+ Health Trainings
In collaboration with Lindsey (Lawrence) Morrison, chair of the Keck Pride committee, the Center for GEMS is offering a menu of training options to KSOM departments, institutes, and centers. We all have a role to play in creating affirming, welcoming environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, and these trainings are designed for all levels of familiarity and comfort with sexual orientation and gender identity terminology and concepts. Please see flyer for details.

Inclusion Resource Groups (IRGs)
The Keck School is proud to launch an Inclusion Resource Groups (IRG) Program, sponsored by the JEDI-WeST (Justice through Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Well-being and Social Transformation) Committee and the Center for GEMS. The mission of the IRG Program is to foster and advocate for an inclusive campus community that celebrates our diversity and intentionally contributes to a sense of belonging and being valued. The program is establishing five IRGs this fall for the following groups:

  • Black & African American Community
  • LatinX & Hispanic Community
  • LGBTQ+ Community
  • Women
  • Mental Health & Neurodiversity

To join an IRG, whether as a member or as an ally, please complete this online form and you will be connected with others who expressed interest in the group(s). Questions? See our FAQs document or email Elizabeth O’Toole at eotoole@usc.edu.

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