Minority Staff Recruitment Plan

*Policy Statement:

The SIU School of Medicine is committed to cultivating a diverse campus population for the well-being of its learners and workforce. Diversity coupled with inclusion brings about a nurturing educational environment ideal for learners at all levels, the faculty who teach, and the staff who support. To that end, the School will recruit, retain, and advance a student body, faculty, and staff reflective of the diversity of the region served by the medical school. A diverse staff includes individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups (1. African-Americans, 2. Latinos, 3. Native-American Indians or Alaskans Natives, 4. Asian or Pacific Islanders) as well as women. SIU School of Medicine’s goal is to have its learners and workforce reflect the rich diversity found in central and southern Illinois so as to advance the School’s mission of improving the health and welfare of the entire region.


The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is committed to fostering a work environment that is diverse and inclusive. Within this context, diversity and inclusion describe an organizational philosophy that seeks, appreciates, and respects individual differences, and where individuals of varying backgrounds and interests grow alongside one another in a secure, nurturing, professional atmosphere.


The SIU School of Medicine embraces the following plan designed to increase the opportunity for individuals from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to be employed by the medical school in staff positions in proportions reflective of their numbers in the surrounding community.


All staff hires:

  • Will be preceded by communication of the Minority Staff Recruitment Plan
  • Will have job descriptions written specifically to include wording that addresses the need for underrepresented minorities (the following examples are not exhaustive: “experience providing
  • services to multicultural populations, experience dealing with underrepresented minority populations, sensitive to the needs of minority populations”
  • Will have Search Committees with at least one member from an underrepresented group, or will have interview teams that will seek to have at least one member from an underrepresented group
  • Will be announced through Targeted Advertising

The Office of Human Resources will execute and monitor the above plan with support from the hiring department and the Office of Diversity, Multicultural and Minority Affairs. These offices will agree upon applicable job postings before they are made public. The above plan will be evaluated on at least an annual basis for quality improvement purposes.

*From Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Policy and Plan for Diversity and Inclusion