Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
The College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) is working to 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.
The University of Cincinnati's over arching strategic plan "Next Lives Here" establishes the mission that forms the framework for Equity & Inclusion for the Academic Health Center colleges (including CAHS). CAHS operational principles are expressed in the following goals:
- 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.
The College of Allied Health Sciences is the recipient of the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. A total of 46 health colleges were recipients of the award for 2020 and CAHS was the only allied health sciences college to make the list.
UC also has several student organizations that serve a variety of cultural/ethnic groups.
Equity and Inclusion Programs
The College of Allied Health Sciences partners with the other Academic Health Center colleges in carrying out a variety of interprofessional programs to improve the knowledge and cultural awareness of our students, faculty and students.
Program pairs under-represented ethnic students from the college with alumni, and community professionals for purposes of pre-professional support and guidance. The Connections mentoring program began in 2011 and with twelve mentor/mentee pairs and has grown to include over 35 mentoring 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.
A variety of educational support opportunities are offered, including:
- Dual-credit medical terminology course
- Power lunches.
This seven week residential summer bridge is established to increase the number of underrepresented ethnic students who graduate and enter the STEM disciplines. This program brings cohorts of students together from the colleges of Allied Health Sciences, Arts & Sciences, Engineering & Applied Science to foster early preparation, and support for academic success in college to professional entry.