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President Angela L. Walker Franklin, Ph.D.

President Angela L. Walker Franklin, Ph.D.

Des Moines University is committed to educating bright, skilled and compassionate health care professionals. Our mission and vision reiterates the importance of understanding the needs of a highly diverse patient population and the benefits in strengthening our presence in a vastly multicultural society. Our world is ever-changing and cultural competence is becoming increasingly important in the way we interact with and serve our students, our patients and one another.

Diversity is a key factor in determining the direction of healthcare. Understanding the health, needs and socioeconomic backgrounds of the individuals we serve will enable us to provide better treatment and promote preventative care. We want to be proactive versus reactive in the way we address healthcare needs. As President, I am committed to fostering an environment of inclusivity where we as a campus community work united to understand and conform to the evolving landscape of healthcare. Our commitment to health and excellence embodies the act of embracing a culture of diversity that accepts and respects the unique characteristics of each individual.

Angela L. Walker Franklin, Ph.D.
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Diversity at Des Moines University is a campus environment shaped by individuals and groups that offer a broad spectrum of cultural differences, life experiences and distinct characteristics.

These include, but are not limited to: educational background and performance, gender, race/ethnicity, age, socio-economic background, leadership qualities, employment experiences, talents, geographical background and other attributes that affirm the University’s commitment to creating an inclusive environment.