Diversity Group

Diversity & Inclusion

Thank you for your interest in the MUSC College of Health Professions (CHP) Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. Our institution has demonstrated a sincere commitment to serving the needs and confronting the challenges facing the Charleston community and beyond. Within the college, we have a Diversity and Inclusion Committee made up of faculty, staff, and students. The committee's charge is to provide leadership in the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority faculty, staff, and students. They also work to make CHP's culture and climate an inclusive and supportive environment for all those who work, learn, and visit the college.

Students also have an opportunity to take a leadership role in our diversity and inclusion efforts through the CHP Student Diversity Leadership Council (SDLC). The council is a student organization that aims to raise awareness about diversity-related issues and exemplify servant leadership in the community. The SDLC hosts panel discussions and lectures that create safe spaces for learning and discussing the intersectionality of diversity, culture, and healthcare. We strive to enrich all CHP students' academic and social experiences through respectful dialogue and an appreciation of all of our different backgrounds.

The college has also implemented several pipeline programs that offer underrepresented minority students educational opportunities to learn more about the health professions. Student Mentors for Minorities in Healthcare, COAST, and the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC) Summer Careers Academy provide support in charting a pathway to health care careers.

The college offers regular information sessions and conducts campus tours for interested parties. Please contact us for additional information about the College of Health Professions or the MUSC enterprise.

Message from the Associate Director of Student Diversity & Community Outreach

The College of Health Professions strives to provide an environment where all students feel welcomed, valued, and included regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, and other identifying qualities. We strive to provide opportunities to engage in constructive dialogue and create meaningful and genuine engagement, encouraging all students to own their unique identities and be their authentic selves. These are essential occasions for us to challenge our biases and gain awareness of others' lived experiences. Our events are thoughtfully implemented based on students' needs with the overall goal of enhancing the academic curriculum's cultural components. We hope that students will be able to use what they learn through these experiences to become culturally competent clinicians who provide high-quality healthcare for their patients throughout their professional careers.

Phillip GriggsPhillip Griggs, MA
Associate Director of Student Diversity and Community Outreach, College of Health Professions
Medical University of South Carolina