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"Through increasing diversity, we add to excellence across all our missions, including clinical, research, education, and advocacy."

- Steve Daniels, MD, PhD, Chair of Pediatrics

Department of Pediatrics Diversity Mission Statement

The University of Colorado School of Medicine believes that diversity is a value that is central to its educational, research, service, and health care missions.

We are committed to creating a diverse environment for students, residents, fellows, and faculty. We believe that an environment of inclusiveness and respect promotes excellence, and that a setting where diversity is valued leads to the training of physicians who are prepared to practice culturally effective medicine and meet the needs of the various populations we serve.

Diversity is an integral part of providing quality patient care, and we strive to have our department better reflect the demographics of the community we serve.

Through understanding, respecting, and embracing the unique cultural customs and beliefs of our peers, we can begin to do the same for our patients and create an environment that is supportive for all.

For more information on diversity efforts across the campus, please visit:

Message from the Chair of Pediatrics

Diversity is a core value for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Since coming to Colorado, I have been personally committed to improving our diversity at every level, including our resi​dents, fellows, and faculty.

Through increasing diversity and adding those underrepresented in medicine to our ranks, we add to excellence across all of our missions, including clinical, research, education, and advocacy.

We have made great strides, but there is still much to be accomplished. We must celebrate the wide range of individuals who make up our team and make sure that everyone is supported in a way to maximize success.

Stephen R. Daniels, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics
University of Colorado School of Medicine
L. Joseph Butterfield Chair in Pediatrics
Children's Hospital Colorado​

What is Diversity?

Diversity can be defined in many different ways, none of which are inaccurate. Our commitment to enhancing diversity is a commitment to recognizing and appreciating the variety of characteristics** and life experiences that make individuals unique, and creating an atmosphere that promotes and supports the same.

**A broad spectrum of demographic and philosophical characteristics which include, but are not limited to, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and ability.