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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine strives to create and sustain a spirit of diversity, inclusion, and enrichment that will foster an environment of cultural competency, sensitivity, and awareness. The UTRGV SOM goals stem from the School’s unique geographic location at the border of the U.S. and Mexico, a place that is enriched by its culture and family traditions but burdened by health disparities. This inspires the School’s dedication to research, the generation of new knowledge, public service, culturally-aware care, and increasing underrepresented minorities in medicine. Developing a cross cultural understanding allow students, faculty and staff to embrace and celebrate distinctive perspectives and viewpoints that enrich all members of the UTRGV SOM are essential to strengthening the communities we serve, and improving the health of the public with a critical focus on the benefits of diversity in medicine and biomedical sciences.