The University of Maryland Medical System is made up of more than 28,000 individuals who live across the state of Maryland and beyond. The portion of team members who are people of color—45%—is on par with the state’s overall composition. However, the percentage in UMMS leadership positions, particularly for those who identify as Black or African American, is significantly lower than their representation in our overall workforce.
Of our more than 1,500 leaders (supervisor and above), 30% are people of color, compared to 45% in the whole workforce. And while 33% of our workforce identify as Black/African American, that ethnic group only makes up 22% of our leaders.
Leadership Hiring and Promotions
We recognize that for change across our organization to be embraced at all levels, it must be championed by leadership and set into motion within a structural framework. By 2024, the portion of persons of color in UMMS leadership ranks will be 40%. We will achieve this goal by hiring or promoting persons of color to fill at least 10% of leadership roles.
Establish a Diversity Office
UMMS will establish a new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office to be led by a newly named Chief Diversity Officer.
Increase Minority Applicants
We will expand relationships with community partners to increase applicants from underrepresented minority communities by 10% by 2023.
Annually, 2,498 minority team members leave the System. Retaining this population will help achieve our equity, diversity and inclusion goal. By 2024, UMMS will retain 5% more of its minority workforce.
Addressing Workplace Bias
Understanding bias in the workplace is the first step to managing it. Our partners at The Exeter Group will conduct a Cultural Competency Organizational Assessment (COA360); launch a listening campaign where team members can share their feelings, fears and concerns with one another and experience peer-to-peer learning; and develop a comprehensive training program for all team members and medical staff on unconscious bias and how to engage in conversations about equity, diversity and inclusion.