The Office of Inclusion and Outreach at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has a mission to promote and support a diverse community that acknowledges values, fosters, and benefits from the unique qualities, rich histories, and wide variety of cultural values and beliefs that mirror and fulfill the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus mission of education, healthcare, research, and community service.
We are under the leadership of the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
The responsibilities and activities of the Office of Inclusion and Outreach:
- Provide current students with information, support, and referrals for academic, financial, and personal issues
- Advise and support minority student organizations
- Supplement student outreach efforts of the various Anschutz Medical Campus schools by recruiting, advising and supporting prospective students from underrepresented populations
- Coordinate campus “pipeline” programs and activities, including Health Professions Opportunity Days for high school and undergraduate students
- Maintain a resource library (books, journals, videos) for faculty, staff and students
- Support recruitment and retention of faculty from underrepresented populations
- Support the campus GLBTI group
- Sponsor annual Celebrate Diversity Events
Where is the Office of Inclusion and Outreach?
The Office of Inclusion and Outreach is located in the Education North 2 builiding on the 3rd Floor (Student Services). The office is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 5 pm. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to drop in.
One of the programs that we coordinate is the Undergraduate Pre-health Program (UPP).
The Undergraduate Pre-Health Program was established to address health disparities and the declining numbers of first generation and underrepresented students entering the health professions.
By participating in this program students will be prepared to attend one or more health professions training programs, thus increasing the number of highly qualified, underrepresented students in the health care professions applicant pool. Participants will also learn about diseases that are impacting their community and about the prevention and treatment options for of these diseases.
Students will enroll in a 12-month Undergraduate Pre-Health Program. Topics will include Health Disparities in underserved communities and careers and opportunities in Health Care and research. The courses will be taught by distinguished University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus faculty and will consist of lectures, demonstrations and laboratory research.
The curriculum of the summer program will focus on diseases and health-related practices that disproportionately affect underserved communities: cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV infection, child and adult immunizations, and drug addiction. Participants in the Undergraduate Pre-Health Program will meet monthly for Saturday Academies to attend developmental workshops that will cover everything from health disparities to study skills. All participants will be required to take one of the test and prep-courses necessary to apply to medical, pharmacy, nursing, dental or other health profession programs (i.e.: DAT, MCAT or GRE).
During the summer institute participants will shadow health professionals, learn about health disparities, conduct research and complete personal statements and applications to apply to health professional schools.