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About the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


  • Increase the number of students, faculty and staff who are underrepresented in medicine (UIM) at the SIU School of Medicine
  • Assess UIM students' progress and provide appropriate interventions as necessary.
  • Increase the success of students taking School of Medicine and NBME exams.
  • Make resources available to students to assure successful matriculation and graduation from the SIU School of Medicine.



  • Recruitment efforts and retention strategies for current UIM students, faculty and staff.
  • Advocacy for UIM students.
  • Regularly scheduled advisement meetings with UIM students
  • Faculty sponsorship of UIM student associations.
  • Networking opportunities with local UIM physicians, community leaders and School of Medicine minority alums.
  • Small group gatherings to acquaint students with the School of Medicine and to help develop coping strategies.
  • Workshops to assist with successful matriculation and "real life" skills.
  • Tutorial assistance.
  • A resource library that offers materials to assist academic preparation.
  • Counseling for academic and personal concerns.
  • Community resource information as needed.
  • Coordinated programs, training sessions and events that emphasize cultural diversity and culturally competent health care delivery.