Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

UMSN welcomes people from all backgroundsThe University of Michigan School of Nursing is committed to being a welcome, diverse community. We believe that everyone's education is enriched when varying viewpoints and backgrounds are engaged.

Chat Line (844) SON-TALK

If you experience or witness something that threatens our values of respect and tolerance, we ask you to let us know about it. You could also make a constructive comment on how we can improve. To report a concern or leave a comment, please call 1 (844) SON-TALK (844-766-8255).
Be aware this line is not for emergencies and criminal matters will be reported to the proper authorities. Calls to the chat lin are logged for date and time through the UMSN Office of Communications. The call is sent to the Dean for consideration and action as needed. The chat line is not confidential but all matters will be handled with care and consideration. 

Implementation Committee

The Implementation Committee for DEI meets monthly and is working concurrently on multiple fronts. These include:
  • ongoing efforts to raise awareness and solicit feedback on the plan
  • occasional discussions and town hall meetings to respond to current issues
  • training session and panel discussion on delivering competent, evidence-based health care and building an inclusive work environment for Arab-Americans and Muslim-Americans
  • facilitation of a monthly forum for staff to come together and address concerns
  • discussions with Curriculum Committee on diversity and inclusion in curriculum, clinical simulations, and clinical placements
Committee members include:
  • April Bigelow, faculty
  • Lauren Clarkson, staff
    "I am serving on this committee because I want to help create a more inclusive culture in the school for all. My hopes for the implementation of the DEI plan is that spaces will be created for students, staff, and faculty to learn and work together more inclusively.
  • Maureen Coerdt, staff 
    "On behalf of the students, faculty and staff of the School of Nursing, I am committed to making UMSN a welcome, open place where difference is celebrated."
  • Patricia Coleman-Burns, emerita faculty
    "A long-time advocate for the right of persons to be free from all forms of oppression and violence, my research has evolved from rhetorical studies of social movements to a focus on racial identity and reduction of health disparities. I am serving on this committee as an extension of all of my personal and professional experience."
  • Gina Dahlem, faculty
    "As an immigrant and mother of a bi-racial child with a visual disability, I have personally experienced issues surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion. It is my hope that through the Implementation Committee, we can promote an environment where our differences are respected and welcomed, and we continuously strive to learn and understand one another."
  • Danielle Garner-Jones, staff
    "I'm serving on this committee in order to contribute to the success of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategic plan, and hope that this plan helps the school reach its goals for inclusivity and diversity."
  • "As Dean, as a faculty member, as a researcher, and as a humanist, I am 100% committed to the implementation of our UMSN DEI plan."
  • Jasmine Johnson, student
  • Gwen Kearly, UMHS staff
  • Patricia Lovelace, staff
    "I am serving on this committee because I wanted to be part of the process to ensure staff members are given opportunities for self-improvement and promotion, are treated with respect, and their work is evaluated fairly. It's not just about coming to work and getting the job done but doing so in an environment where you are appreciated and valued that fosters creativity, accepts differences, and encourages employee growth and development."
  • Kinnothan Nelson, staff
  • Jordan Rimsa, student
    "The DEI implementation committee allows me to act as a liaison for the student body to ensure the community at the School of Nursing is as inclusive as possible. Together, weare forging a better tomorrow for the staff, students and faculty at the University of Michigan."
  • John Shaver, undergraduate student
    "My involvement with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee has been in response to my personal and professional desire to be a part of progressing toward a university community in which all individuals are - and know that they are - valued contributors to our shared experience."
  • Rob Stephenson, faculty
  • Lee Roosevelt, faculty
  • Kate Wright, staffndergraduate student
    "I am committed to seeing DEI efforts at the School of Nursing and at the University of Michigan succeed. As we change ourselves, we change the world." 
Please feel free to talk to any member of the implementation committee with your ideas, insights, and concerns. Find them in the halls, in class, in their offices, or by email. 


We commit to increasing diversity, which is expressed in myriad forms, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status, and political perspective.


We commit to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.


We commit to pursuing deliberate efforts to ensure that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. We know that by building a critical mass of diverse groups on campus and creating a vibrant climate of inclusiveness, we can more effectively leverage the resources of diversity to advance our collective capabilities.

U-M's Strategic Plan

On Oct. 6, 2016, the University of Michigan embarked on a historic journey, launching its first-ever university-wide strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion. See the video recap of the launch and learn more about the plan.

UMSN Staff Forum

Providing a safe space for staff to discuss and address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion on the first Wednesday of the month. Please see the calendar for specifics.
If you have an item for the agenda, please complete this form.
The mission of the Staff Forum is to
  • Develop and build relationships between staff to foster a positive, transparent, and inclusive environment in the School of Nursing.
  • Facilitate discussions around ideas, interests, and issues of importance to UMSN Staff.
  • Provide a venue for staff led input, feedback, and direct communication with UMSN leadership. 
Join us!

UMSN's Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, 2016-2021

The School of Nursing's mandate of education, research and service requires that we work continuously to foster an environment of equity and inclusion and a diverse community in our school. The profession of nursing further requires the ability to seek and create a caring connection with each patient. These rigors are the foundation on which we build our Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). The full plan is available, as is a summary of the plan.
Highlighted areas of work:
  • recruitment, retention and development
  • education and scholarship
  • promoting an equitable and inclusive community
  • service 
In the area of recruitment, retention and development, we aim to increase the number of people underrepresented in nursing in our faculty, students, administrators, and staff populations, as well as to increase their retention and promotion/progression.
To address education and scholarship, goals focus on enhancing or creating new curricular requirements for students and providing opportunities for continuous learning and professional development for faculty and staff in DEI related topics.
To promote an equitable and inclusive community, goals are set to increase awareness of reporting mechanisms for instances of bias or discrimination, regularly hosting and promoting activities related to DEI concerns, and promoting attention to these activities or attendance at these events. We aspire to reach these goals inside and outside of class, in the clinical setting, and in our daily work environment.
Finally, as service, UMSN will improve methods for collecting and integrating feedback from our community and improve access to counseling prospective students and parents. 
See UMSN's calendar for related events, and find out about events on campus.
Learn about the campus initiative.