Our Core Principles

"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


We strive to embrace our differences across the range of human experience, in terms of age, national origin, religion, racial/ethnic background, ability, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, and physical attributes. Diversity is an essential means of achieving the department’s clinical, education, and research goals. Our commitment to diversity of thought, experience, and people makes us stronger. 


We are committed to an environment of inclusion recognizing that all members of the Department of Pediatrics community are to be heard, respected, appreciated, challenged, and engaged. We value the inherent worth and dignity of all people. Our support for involvement, empowerment, and a sense of belonging provides a rich environment where all can succeed. 


Beyond equality, in which everyone is treated the same way, we strive for equity – meeting people where they are and providing what each individual needs to be healthy and to thrive. Health equity is chief among our health care goals and requires that our healthcare workforce and its leadership reflect the demographic diversity of our society, our communities, and the families and children we serve.