National Academy of Medicine

Diversity 5.0: A Way Forward

By Cato T. Laurencin
August 01, 2014 | Discussion Paper

We are now at a time-point in American History where diversity is about to enter its second generation of activity. Its etiology and progression have been eloquently reviewed by Dr. Marc Nivet in his paper “Diversity 3.0” (Nivet, 2011). There he applied an IBM model to describe how our understanding of the meaning and importance of diversity has evolved and progressed. Nivet’s framework I believe is an excellent one and can be used in broad ways beyond academic medicine, beyond the board room, and into all aspects of our society.

Diversity 5.0 builds upon the understanding gained in the treatise of Diversity 3.0. It provides a description of where we are today, in 2014, and where we need to be to truly emerge as a diverse society in America that values one another.



Suggested Citation

Laurencin, Cato T. 2014. Diversity 5.0: A Way Forward. NAM Perspectives. Discussion Paper, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC. doi: 10.31478/201408a


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