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Diversity

Embrace Diversity and Inclusion at the Medical University of South Carolina.  The Office of Student Programs and Student Diversity promotes a campus environment that is welcoming and valuing of all people and the diversity in our human qualities and opinions. In addition, the office provides resources and support for students and groups that are underrepresented in the field of healthcare.

Celebrating Pride Month

What is Pride Month?

Pride Month is a celebration during the month of June honoring the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people as a social group.

June 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the annual LGBTQ+ Pride traditions. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is celebrated in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising that took place in Manhattan, New York, which began the modern fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Also, on June 26, 2015, same-sex marriage was legalized in all fifty states by the US Supreme Court.

Why is LGBTQ+ Health Important?

The LGBTQ+ community is made up of people of different races, ethnicities, ages, socioeconomic status, and identities. The members of this community are bound together as social and gender minorities and share common experiences of discrimination, the struggle of living at the intersection of many cultural backgrounds and trying to be a part of each, and, specifically with respect to health care, a long history of discrimination and lack of awareness of health needs by health professionals. This results in the LGBTQ+ community facing challenges in accessing culturally competent health services and obtaining the highest possible level of health and quality of life.

It is the responsibility of every healthcare professional to be informed about LGBTQ+ health to combat the anti-LGBTQ+ bias that exist in the healthcare community. See this report from the Fenway Institute for more information.

The On-Going Fight for LGBTQ+ Equality

In 2019, at least 26 transgender or gender non-conforming people were fatally shot or killed by other violent means.

  • 91% of them were Black women
  • 81% were under the age of 30
  • 68% lived in the south

2020 has already seen at least 12 transgender or gender non-conforming people fatally shot or killed by other violent means. We say "at least" because too often these stories go unreported -- or misreported.

Only 22 states and DC prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (South Carolina is NOT one of those states).

What can you do NOW to support and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community?

Consider joining the Student Alliance for Equality (SAFE) to become more involved with the MUSC LGBTQ+ student community.

Consider learning more about the LGBTQ+ community:

Attend a MUSC Safe Zone Ally Training which is offered several times throughout the year.

Use the Right Words: Ask patients for their preferred name and pronouns they use. Use gender neutral terms like “partner,” “spouse,” or “significant other” instead of “husband” or “wife.” Use gender neutral/non-binary pronouns if not otherwise specified like, “they/them/their”, instead of “he/his or she/hers”. Use “relationship status” instead of “marital status.”

Post Your Policy: Ensure you have a visible inclusive nondiscrimination policy or statement.

Come Out as a Healthcare Provider Ally: Healthcare providers can list themselves as an ally in the provider directory of the GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality.

Diversity Resource Guide

This resource guide was created to provide incoming students with campus and community information they might find beneficial as they transition to the university and the Charleston area.  Welcome to Charleston, welcome to MUSC!

The services and resources herein were recommendations provided by MUSC students. Student Programs and Student Diversity does not endorse any of the services, organizations, or vendors listed in this guide.

Diversity Resource Guide