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As of September 28, members and guests of the UTRGV SOM gathered to build a framework that outlined future steps in creating a more inclusive and diverse climate. The faculty and staff represented several departments, nationalities, backgrounds and ethnicities. With the guidance of a framework set by Virginia Commonwealth University, our committee developed four guiding principles and goals. The goals are the following:

Goal 1: Institutional Commitment- Dedicate resources, establish and sustain intentional and committed initiatives, and act to advance diversity, inclusion and equity at all departmental levels.

Goal 2: Climate and Intergroup Relations - Create and sustain a welcoming climate of inclusion where individuals of differing cultural backgrounds, identities, abilities and life experiences are welcomed, valued and supported in their education, working and living.

Goal 3: Recruitment, Retention, and Success- Intentionally attract and retain a diverse faculty staff and student body, with a reflective and deliberate attention to community needs.

Goal 4: Education, Scholarship and Research: Provide rich educational, learning, research and scholarly, creative and service experiences to prepare all students for global citizenship. Support faculty, staff and student research, scholarship and creative expression.

With these goals in mind the Division of Diversity and Inclusion is able to map its next steps.