Diversity: the richness in human differences. Why is diversity important? A wide variety of experiences and points of view mean that we get to look at issues from all angles rather than just one. Inclusion: the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity. Why is inclusion important? It is not enough to have diversity - inclusion means that we value and cherish the wide variety of experiences and viewpoints. Creating and enhancing this environment is important as we set the stage to provide service to our most important customer - our patients.

Since September 2013 when I was appointed as the Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Engagement, SKMC has greatly expanded our efforts in D & I. A wide range of activities have greatly enhanced the environment in which we educate our learners and care for our patients. SKMC has expanded its D & I successes.