School of Medicine Diversity

School of Medicine Diversity

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Welcome to the University of Louisville School of Medicine website for Diversity Initiatives!


I encourage you to explore our website and discover the many opportunities at the School of Medicine and see all the many ways in which we can help you realize your goal of a career in medicine.

Dr. Michael L. Rowland has been appointed Associate Dean of the School of Medicine for Diversity Initiatives.

Dr. Rowland joined University of Louisville in 2009 as an assistant professor in the School of Medicine and also serves as Director of the Certificate in Health Professions Education program, a unique program supported through a partnership between the College of Education & Human Development and the School of Medicine. The objective of the Certificate program is to provide health professions faculty with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed as educators in an academic career. Dr. Rowland also served as Director of the Medical Education Research Unit.

In his new role, he develops, promotes, and directs initiatives to enhance the workforce diversity, cultural competency training and campus climate and inclusion issues. Dr. Rowland is available to provide support to School of Medicine faculty, staff and students for issues of recruitment, retention and diversity training. Dr. Rowland is available to assist University of Louisville School of Medicine search committees with successfully executing the faculty search process. He can be reached at (502) 852-1864 or by email at

SOM Mission Statement:

" To be a vital component in the University of Louisville's quest to become a premier, nationally recognized metropolitan research university , to excel in the education of physicians and scientists for careers in teaching, research, patient care and community service, and to bring the fundamental discoveries of our basic and clinical scientists to the bedside."

Vision Statement:

The School of Medicine (SOM) will provide an excellent educational and work environment that fosters understanding of, respect for and acceptance of the cultural differences necessary for an enlightened and educated citizenry whose purpose is to eliminate health inequities in our country. We recognize diversity as relating to race, gender, socioeconomic class, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, and disabilities of the individuals on our campus.

The University of Louisville's School of Medicine Diversity Plan has a strategic plan to actively welcome all to a center of learning that embraces the diversity of ideas, cultures, and people.

The SOM will embrace all constituencies (faculty, administrators, staff, students) to provide an excellent educational environment that is welcoming and respectful of diverse ideas, cultures and people.

University of Louisville School of Medicine Diversity Plan: The School of Medicine Diversity Plan consists of a set of strategies and actions in support of the University of Louisville's Diversity Plan. It consists of a set of four appendices that outline various action plan items. To view the Plan, click here: "SOM Diversity Strategies/Action Plan.pdf"


University of Louisville School of Medicine- Guide for Search Committees- A Diversity Resource:“The University of Louisville strives to foster and sustain an environment of inclusiveness that empowers us all to achieve our highest potential without fear of prejudice or bias. We commit ourselves to building an exemplary educational community that offers a nurturing and challenging intellectual climate, a respect for the spectrum of human diversity, and a genuine understanding of the many differences-including race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, and religion that enrich a vibrant metropolitan research university. We expect every member of our academic family to embrace the underlying values of this vision and to demonstrate a strong commitment to attracting, retaining, and supporting students, faculty, and staff who reflect the diversity of our larger society.”

The following internal link (accessible to only UofL faculty/students/staff) outlines the process and considerations when conducting a search committee: