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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

  • SUNY Downstate Receives Insight into Diversity 2016 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award

    About ODI

  • SUNY Board of Trustees adopts New Diversity Equity & Inclusion Policy


  • Joint Commission New Culturally Competent Hospital Accreditation Standard

    In partnership with the University Hospital of Brooklyn, ODI pursues the maintenance and expansion of culturally competent healthcare in our patient and family centered care.

    Cultural Competency

  • Global Diversity

    One of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion's first global outreach projects, the Women's University in Africa Book Donation Project, began in 2010. The book donation drive, now in its third year, has helped to stock the library in Zimbabwe's, Women's University in Africa with over 1,300 pounds of books.

    Global Diversity


Contact Us

Office of Diversity and Inclusion
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
450 Clarkson Avenue, Box 1220
Brooklyn, NY 11203

phone: (718) 270-1738
fax: (718) 270-2276

Welcome to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
at the State University of New York Downstate Health Sciences University

As the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, we serve a large population – over 2.3 million people – and one that is among the most diverse in the world. Nationally, our medical school ranks ninth in the number of graduates who are now engaged in academic medicine. University Hospital of Brooklyn is the borough's only hospital located at an academic medical center. The 21st Century at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center brings renewed dedication to diversity in healthcare, healthcare education, and to serving the people of Brooklyn through our three-fold mission of education, research, and patient care.


The State University of New York Downstate Medical Center (DMC) remains committed to diversity and inclusive excellence in faculty, staff, and student recruitment, development, promotion and retention. Diversity is recognizing and respecting differences in individuals, cultures, languages, political beliefs, and ideologies. In this important effort, DMC's Office of Diversity and Inclusion provides oversight, leadership, guidance, information, consultation, coordination, and assistance to Downstate's various constituencies in respecting cultural differences, languages, political beliefs, and ideologies, in the recruitment, retention, and advancement of its faculty, staff, and students.