Harvard Medical School is committed to the enrollment of a diverse body of talented students who will reflect the character of the American people whose health needs the medical profession must serve. A diversity of backgrounds, preparation, and interests is desirable and a legitimate goal of medical education. The consensus is strong at HMS that the education of a physician is enhanced by the diversity of the student body. Harvard's commitment to a diverse student population is reflected not only in the variety of institutions from which students are accepted, but also in the ethnic and economic backgrounds of the student body. The HMS Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs recruits and provides support services to individuals from groups under-represented in medicine, and fosters an inclusive and respective environment that is supportive to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, and staff.
The strong and consistent policy of Harvard Medical School is to value and treat all members of the community with respect; to provide a bias-neutral and emotionally safe environment conducive to learning and working and free of all forms of abusive or demeaning communication; and to ensure equal access to rights, privileges, and opportunities without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, or veteran status. Harvard is committed to a diversity of views and to principles of free inquiry and expression; all members of the Harvard community have the right to hold and vigorously defend and promote their opinions. Ultimately HMS seeks not to negate, overlook, deny, or simply to tolerate the qualities that distinguish among us but instead, to understand, recognize, appreciate, and indeed, to celebrate our differences.
To create and nurture a diverse community
of the best people committed to leadership in alleviating human suffering caused by disease