To achieve our goals of a diverse, inclusive and empowered workplace, we are focused on defining core aspects of diversity; examining gaps in diversity and systematic bias; creating a custom implicit bias training program; implementing an explicit strategy to improve equality; and addressing diverse needs of individuals to foster a more comfortable work environment. We will establish an ongoing educational process for cultural competence and implicit bias awareness.
Cultural competence is the ability to interact effectively with people across different cultures. The components of cultural competence are awareness of one’s own cultural worldview (and biases), a positive attitude towards cultural differences, knowledge of different cultural practices, and cross-cultural communication skills. By building our collective cultural competence and intelligence in the Department of Surgery, we will promote an inclusive work environment where all individuals thrive.