Diversity in the workplace


The Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute's Diversity Council is here to help you to take advantage of this unique learning opportunity, so that we can all participate equally in a strong, productive workplace that is inclusive, safe, welcoming, and rewarding for everyone. The Council supports numerous events throughout the year.

Cleveland Clinic Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Cleveland Clinic values a culture where caregivers integrate diversity and inclusion throughout the enterprise. We respect and appreciate our similarities and differences; they enable us to better serve our patients, one another, and our global communities. Our diversity is our strength.

What is diversity?

Diversity encompasses qualities in three categories:

  • Human (race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age)

  • Cultural (language, religion, class, ethics, values)

  • Systems (organizational role and function, geographic location, organizational culture)

Why is diversity important at Cleveland Clinic?

Diversity plays a key role at Cleveland Clinic as well as all healthcare organizations because it affects interactions between employees and the patients and families served.

As a global healthcare provider and the largest employer in Northeast Ohio, diversity is an inherent aspect of interaction with patients, employees and the community.


How do we work to advance diversity at Cleveland Clinic?

Our efforts address diversity through:

  • Education: Cultural competency training enables us to better serve and relate to our increasingly diverse patient population and to each other. Our cultural competency skill development increases knowledge, improves employee-to-employee communication and impacts patient care.

  • Inclusion: Diversity councils and Employee Resource Groups work to raise awareness and support Cleveland Clinic's employees, our community partners and patients we serve. They create growth opportunities to best serve our system, employees, patients and families.

  • Representation: Recruitment and staff development efforts ensure that staff and employees at all levels represent the communities we serve and our global reach.

  • Suppliers: Organizing our business process to promote minority participation reflective of the diverse business community will enhance economic growth in the communities we serve.


"I have been a Cleveland Clinic employee since 1994 and have enjoyed the tremendous diversity of cultures that there are to offer here. It is truly a wonderful place, not only to work, but also to meet and interact with people from all over the world!"
- Mike Berk, Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Where in the World..?

Our employees were invited to stick a push pin in a giant world map to indicate where in the world they were born. Click here for a large version of the map.