The SKMC Council for Diversity and Inclusion (D & I) is charged with enhancing the diversity and inclusiveness of the medical college community to allow us to best achieve our mission in patient care, education and research, and to the ability of our graduates to best serve the heath and health care needs of the public. The Council reviews and assesses the status and effectiveness of diversity and inclusion initiatives within the student, resident and faculty communities of SKMC and make recommendations regarding initiatives, policies, and resources needed to achieve desired outcomes. Headed by Mark L. Tykocinski, MD, the Anthony F. and Gertrude M. DePalma Dean of SKMC, and co-chaired by Dr. Bernie Lopez, the Council determines the course of diversity and inclusion at SKMC with input from members who are deans, department chairs, faculty, administrators, residents and students. The work done by the Council focuses on five main areas: faculty, residents, students, staff and health disparities.