Commitment to Diversity/Inclusion
The College of Allied Health Sciences is working create a more diverse, inclusive and culturally competent health care workforce for the betterment of our community alongside the other colleges in the Academic Health Center.
In 2013, the university formalized three goals of the UC2019 Mission-Based Health Care operational principles that form the framework for the UC’s Academic Master Plan.
- The University of Cincinnati will work in collaboration with community stakeholders to develop a health workforce that increases access to health care and the opportunity for optimal health for all in the local urban community.
- The University of Cincinnati will produce students who are culturally competent to ensure the local health care workforce have the background, qualities, and skills to serve community needs and decrease health disparities in the local urban community.
- The University of Cincinnati will increase the educational opportunity for talented and diverse students to be recruited in order to graduate a health care workforce that reflects the diversity of the population in the local urban community.
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, one of the largest and oldest publications of its kind in higher education, selected UC as a winner of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. This honor – the only national designation of its kind – acknowledges U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. UC has received the honor in previous years, including last year.
The College of Allied Health Sciences works closely with UC's Diversity and Inclusion Office and Ethnic Programs and Services.
UC also has several student organizations that serve a variety of cultural/ethnic groups.
Diversity and Inclusion Programs
Academic Health Center-Wide Programs/Mentorship
Academic Health Center Pathways Program
In development: An evidence-based interprofessional pipeline pathway curriculum to attract and retain diverse students from urban and rural communities to health professions programs.
Academic Health Center Educational Pipeline Program
In development: A collaborative pipeline aimed at K through 12 and first- through fourth-year college students, with interprofessional education components.
Urban Universities for HEALTH Project
In progress: A project aimed at increasing the quality of evidence-based data within universities to develop a health care workforce that reduces health disparities; identifying measures that institutions can use to assess progress and drive great impact; and dissemination of new knowledge, tools, and resources to assist universities and academic medical centers in increasing their capacity and contributions.
February Diversity Speaker Series
In February, the Academic Health Center brings national speakers to campus to speak about topics related to diversity and inclusion. Check back for dates for 2018.
College of Allied Health Sciences Programs/Mentorship
Connections Mentoring Program
Mentorships, job shadowing and professional role modeling opportunities. The Connections mentoring program began in 2011 and with twelve mentor/mentee pairs and has grown to include over 35 pairs annually. The notion of giving back has also come full circle. Mentees have transitioned into mentors as they have graduated and had success in their own careers.
Hughes High School Pathways Program
Dual-credit medical terminology course, tutoring and power lunches.
UC Scholars Academy
The UC Scholars Academy is a bridge program that the College of Allied Health Sciences participated in with Hughes STEM High School. Hughes students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and math come to campus for a three-weeks of classes, hands-on labs and even time with current professors and students. The goal of this program is prepare students for STEM a college career. Read more
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Summer Bridge
As part of the National Science Foundation grant, a goal has been set to double the number of underrepresented ethnic students who earn STEM degrees in Ohio in five years. The LSAMP summer bridge program brings cohorts of students from the College of Allied Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Applied Science to campus for a summer program.