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Diversity: Apart | Together | Whole

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Dr. Terry Swenson

Campus Chaplain
Loma Linda University

"Our diversity is God's creative expression."


Diversity does not rest on the concept that each of us are different and are due respect for our differences. The preamble to diversity is holding the foundational perception that we are all the SAME--all are human and all deserve the rights and respect and love that goes with that. Our diversity is God's creative expression.

Participation in the Diversity Council is as natural to me as breathing. My life, my experience, my friendships and my own family are one of diversity. Loma Linda University Health is blessed to be filled with the richness of the world's diversity. What a fabulous opportunity for us to learn to live and love like Jesus!

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Dr. Farnoosh Zough

Faculty, School of Pharmacy
Loma Linda University

"Bright, talented individuals from different backgrounds can be a foundation for our success."


Diversity strengthens us when we accept the uniqueness of each individual and believe that different points of view will enrich us to think differently about issues. Experiencing life as an immigrant from Iran to the United States at age 15 meant I became very appreciative of how life can be different from one person to another. I am able to empathize and sympathize with people, knowing that each life is a journey unique to its own, to be respected and embraced.

Bright, talented individuals from different backgrounds can be a foundation for our success. It is absolutely critical for these individuals to understand that Loma Linda University Health will treat them with respect, equality, and opportunity. Our message is and will always be that you are welcome to join us and help us get to the next level, regardless of your race, ethnicity, gender, or lifestyle preferences.

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Dr. Edelweiss Ramal

Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Loma Linda University

"Diversity in its complete sense means appreciating the variety, and enjoying learning from each other."


Diversity connotes more than simply respecting our different points of view, customs, and preferences. Diversity in its complete sense means appreciating the variety, and enjoying learning from each other. An important aspect of wholeness is to develop all of the dimensions and faculties bestowed upon humans by our Creator. Loving God and our fellow human beings is important for the development and continuous growth of our social, spiritual and emotional dimensions.

I feel it is part of my mission within my role of educator to appreciate and enjoy diversity and to facilitate the appreciation and enjoyment of diversity in students, colleagues and all those around me.

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Dan Giang, MD

Vice President, Graduate Medical Education
Loma Linda University Health

"Working or learning among people who do not look like me, think like me, or believe like me reminds me I am not God's only child."


Working or learning among people who do not look like me, think like me, or believe like me reminds me I am not God's only child. Humility is the heart of both the scientific endeavor and Christian faith.

Having colleagues and classmates from diverse backgrounds helps remind each of us that our unconscious biases exist and are always a vast oversimplification of reality. They help us develop skills needed to cross cultural barriers. They engender more humility about things we always assumed were true.

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Nicceta Davis, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Allied Health
Loma Linda University

"Wholeness, like diversity, is the process of integrating differences into one's life to give balance and beauty."


Wholeness, like diversity, is the process of integrating differences into one's life to give balance and beauty. Diversity also integrates differences into one's life, an organization's culture and community to give balance and beauty.

My vision for Loma Linda is that the unconscious biases that are so prevalent will be replaced with a genuine desire to reflect the image of Christ in our academic, medical, and service entities. My vision is that the love that Christ modeled will lead our community to seek to genuinely understand and appreciate differences.

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Lyndon Edwards, MBA, MHS

Senior VP, Adult Hospitals
Loma Linda University Health

"I think the more we understand diversity the better we will be at providing whole person care."


Our diversity allows us to broaden our worldview and shape our personal perspective. In order to minister effectively, I believe, we must understand how culture, race, gender, and all the other elements that inform diversity shape how we see the world and how others see us. We serve people from all types in our hospitals and clinics and I think the more we understand diversity the better we will be at providing whole person care. In order for us to effectively do the work of continuing the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ we must gain greater understanding of a variety of perspectives from as many people as possible.

I hope that we can make it safe to talk about some of the challenging societal issues we face in this area. I also hope that we reach a place where diversity is embraced and celebrated on our campus.

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Quick Facts

61%

Minority Students

2015-16 student enrollment

40%

Women Faculty

2015-16 school year

90

Countries

Represented in student population

"This campus is blessed with a wide variety of cultures, races, beliefs and social status. Our strength comes from a mutual understanding of our respective paths toward wholeness. We have learning opportunities all around us, every day."


Richard Hart, MD, DrPH
President Loma Linda University Health

More Facts

60

Faith Groups

2015-16 student enrollment

389

Students

Served as international volunteer missionaries

69

Languages

Spoken by students