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Statement on ensuring academic freedom & DEI

Apr 17, 2023

ACAPT joined other health profession associations in a statement supporting academic freedom and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Health professions education is a bedrock of the American medical system and supports millions of students from all backgrounds who go on to care for diverse patient populations.  Open academic discourse and creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive academic health community are essential and represent a core values of health professions education.

We are committed to the principles of academic freedom, open debate, and creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for students and patients.

ACAPT is a proud member of the Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions (FASHP), comprised of 19 associations representing a health professions education community that includes 7,429 programs, institutions, hospitals, and health systems, and more than 1.3 million students, faculty, clinicians, administrators, residents, and researchers. 

Also see a related resource from the American Council on Education (ACE):  Making the case for academic freedom & institutional autonomy in a challenging political environment:  A resource guide for campus leaders

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