Message from the Chancellor and CEO
Dear Colleagues and Friends:
It is my honor to serve as chancellor and CEO of Palmer College of Chiropractic. Over its 125-year history, the Palmer community has grown from our founder to an organization of thousands of students, more than 500 employees, tens of thousands of alumni and friends, and millions of patients. Our college mission is connected to, advanced by, and dependent on the engagement and creative ideas of the entire Palmer community.
Our future is dependent on providing an engaging, safe, secure, open and inclusive environment for our students, patients, employees, alumni and friends of the College. We strive to connect with one another in meaningful ways and be a positive influence.
As learners, teachers, clinicians and staff who serve to advance our Palmer mission, we realize the importance of integrating principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into our organizational culture. An intentional focus on diversity at all levels will ultimately provide our students with a richer, more transformational educational experience. Most importantly, it will prepare them to succeed in the service to others in their role as health-care providers in a diverse, globally connected world.
As part of the College’s on-going commitment, the Board of Trustees and administration are updating and expanding of the College’s strategic planning to deepen diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at Palmer College. My office is leading this important planning initiative with strong collaboration from all areas of the College, especially Student Services, Academic Affairs, and Human Resources. Ultimately, the realization of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion rests with all of us as.
We thank all those who have contributed and will contribute their ideas and energies to this plan.
Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D.
Chancellor and CEO
Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
Diversity at Palmer
Diversity is one of Palmer’s core values. We embrace the inherent value of diversity in our mission. We are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive learning and working environment for all, where individual differences among students, employees, alumni and patients are respected.
We strive to be an institution which supports teamwork, collaboration and productivity among talented people who are diverse in gender, race, ethnic origin, age, physical and mental abilities, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, and lifestyle, reflecting the communities we serve.
Every member of the Palmer community benefits from the full engagement of the talents of our peers and coworkers. Actively nurturing, respecting and sustaining an inviting organizational environment promotes engagement and fully leverages our people and resources in support of our College mission and our individual and collective success.
Dimensions of diversity shall include, but are not limited to race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, sex, gender, disability, socioeconomic status, cultural orientation, national origin, and age. The concept and dimensions of diversity are to be advanced and incorporated into every aspect of college activity, including student life, the curriculum, teaching, staffing, patient care, training, research, community services, events, and all other areas of college endeavor.
Strategic Goals for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Our path forward to become a more diverse college culture is marked by multiple strategies to improve our people, programs, infrastructure and culture. Below is a summary of specific strategies. This list isn’t all-inclusive, nor is it finalized. Introspection, scanning, and evaluation is on-going, and this five-year plan is modified to reflect both our current initiatives and our expectations for the future. Some of the items listed are already underway and others exist only as early initiatives. Baseline numbers and other specific targets will be informed by current climate surveys and broadening the organization’s dialogue around these strategies. As information and ideas evolve, the associated measures of success will be integrated to our on-going College planning efforts and annual scorecards of effectiveness.
View more details on Palmer’s 2022-2027 Institutional diversity, equity and inclusion goals
Racism, hatred and violence are intolerable. Palmer College is committed to fostering a workplace and learning environment free of prejudice and discrimination. As a community of teachers, learners, and health-care providers, we hold a personal responsibility to see everyone as a true partner and an equal, deserving of our fellowship, support, and assistance. As a Palmer community, we collectively strive to represent the principles of inclusion, respect, kindness, and collaboration on our campuses and in our civic communities.
The following commitments are at the heart of our strategic efforts to motivate and engage people in support of a positive College environment.
- People come first, are treated with dignity and respect, and are encouraged to achieve their full potential.
- Personal and shared accountability are needed to create a strong organizational culture.
- Relationships are key to success and are strengthened by honesty, integrity, communication and trust.
- Diversity of people and thought is respected and valued.
- Excellence is achieved through teamwork, role clarification, creativity and dedication.
Our efforts will directly impact our graduates’ ability to serve future patients and their civic communities.
Palmer College cares about our students’ success and well-being. We strive to provide a learning environment in which students have a sense of belonging and have access to resources that help them succeed.
Palmer students can find a sense of belonging and enhance their educational experience through any of our numerous clubs and organizations. We provide an inclusive learning environment, offering resources to address the unique learning needs of all our students. In addition, students can access resources that support their emotional and mental-health needs throughout their educational journey at Palmer.
Visit our Student Life pages to learn about our academic-success offerings, clubs and organizations and other student resources.