Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. McNeeseWesley McNeese, M.D
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Our Mission

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is committed to devising strategies and overseeing initiatives within the School of Medicine that will celebrate our diverse campus populations. We work to assure a mix of students, faculty and staff that mirrors the census demographics for central and southern Illinois.

Our overarching responsibility is to help students successfully complete their medical education, while providing support to them and the diverse faculty and staff who make up our workforce. We strive for an organizational culture that respects individual differences, where persons of various backgrounds can flourish in a harmonious, secure, nurturing environment.

Special Diversity Message from the Dean

A message to the staff, administration, faculty, students, residents and fellows of the SIU School of Medicine and to the people and communities we serve, from Dean and Provost, Dr. Jerry Kruse.

Eight Minority Students Begin Studies at SIU School of Medicine

Eight minority medical students in the Class of 2020 began their medical training last week at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Carbondale. Read more

New Lecture Celebrates Trailblazing Surgeon

Dr. Kenniebrew

A newly endowed event will commemorate the life of a groundbreaking central Illinois physician. The Alonzo Homer Kenniebrew Forum on Health Inequities and Disparities will be an annual discussion of factors that impact population health. Read more

2016 Minority Graduates

2016 Minority Graduates


P 4 is a collaborative effort that gives high school students an opportunity to receive guidance in pursuit of a career in medicine. Read More link to P4

Download P 4 Brochure link to P4

Download P 4 Application link to P4

Office of Diversity and Inclusion
P.O. Box 19620
801 N. Rutledge Street
Springfield, Illinois
The mission of SIU School of Medicine is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health-care needs through education, patient care, research and service to the community.


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