Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The 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.
Read Dean Hurn's Diversity Statement, Senior Diversity Director Rushika Patel's Diversity Statement, and see below for working definitions of these terms.
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.
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. 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. The chat line is not confidential but all matters will be handled with care and consideration.
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 (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
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.
The Implementation Committee for DEI meets monthly and is working concurrently on multiple fronts.