Diversity Statement from Dean Potempa

I am delighted to welcome you to the University of Michigan School of Nursing. We are a community that is committed to building an environment that values and respects every person, regardless of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, cultural background, religion, nationality, or beliefs. In keeping with this objective, which reflects the overarching mission of the University of Michigan itself, the School places great value on diversity and multiculturalism and seeks to ensure a positive, supportive climate in which all individuals are welcome.

To assist you in identifying the numerous diversity resources available, the University has created Diversity Matters at Michigan, a comprehensive web portal that lists the many people, organizations and programs that support and advance diversity initiatives at the University of Michigan and beyond. Additionally, there are many professional nursing organizations and other external resources that you may find beneficial.

As a future nursing professional, your ability to be effective in your role will be vastly enhanced by your ability to provide appropriate and compassionate care to people from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, beliefs, and practices. I encourage you to take advantage of the countless opportunities available to you at the University of Michigan to learn about diversity and to interact with others who are different than yourself. Each and every person you encounter while you are here has something valuable to share and teach you – be open to finding out what that is. 

We look forward to supporting your educational journey in whatever way we can. Should you need more personalized assistance, please contact our Office of Student Academic and Multicultural Services. They stand eager and ready to assist you.

Best regards,

Kathleen Potempa
Dean and Professor