Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Importance of Diversity to our Mission

Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) is committed to meeting the diverse needs of its students, faculty and staff and the surrounding communities in which we serve. Diversity is integral to the mission, vision and values of NEOMED. Embracing and fostering diversity enhances the quality of education for all students and creates an academic environment that allows our faculty and staff to flourish. Our differences bring value to our educational environment.

NEOMED is proud of our definition of diversity that includes but is not limited to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, rural geographic background, gender identity/expression, socioeconomic status, and first generation to attend an institution of higher learning. Diversity encompasses the representation, inclusion, and engagement of these aforementioned populations. Ideally, the students, faculty, staff, and administration of the institution will be representative of the diverse populations in which the institution exists to serve. NEOMED is committed to the implementation of recruitment efforts and resources that are in alignment with our goal to recruit individuals from groups historically underrepresented in medicine, pharmacy, and other healthcare fields into our student body, as well as, into faculty and staff positions. Underrepresented in medicine and pharmacy as defined by NEOMED consists of African American, Hispanic, Native American, including and not limited to, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Rural Geographical Background, Socio-Economically Disadvantage, and First Generation (Students). Given the importance of diversity to our mission, vision, and values it is our desire to see the students, faculty and staff reflect the cultural, socioeconomic, and ethnic diversity of the communities that we serve.

NEOMED recognizes that it is not only important to create a diverse student population, workforce and future healthcare practitioners who reflect the composition of the communities in which it serves, but it is imperative that we continue to build a sense of community that is equitable and inclusive. NEOMED will continue to value, respect, and provide opportunities to all those who are engaged in the mission of the University.

The President’s Diversity and Equity Advisory Council’s 2022 report

Read the report


Diversity Council

The NEOMED Diversity Council is dedicated to increasing and sustaining a diverse learning and work environment grounded in respect and inclusion.

Inclusivity Center

The Inclusivity Center is open to all faculty, staff and students, providing a space for all  to feel a sense of belonging, engaged and valued.

Safespace Initiative

The SafeSpace Initiative provides dedicated resources to members of the LGBTQ community at NEOMED and to their allies, family and friends.

Days of Service

Each year, the NEOMED community joins to recognize the National Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.



Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Phone: 330.325.6736
Email: diversity@neomed.edu


Employment and academic discrimination against any individual on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status is prohibited.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Northeast Ohio Medical University