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.

Senior director for diversity, equity and inclusion

In January 2017, the University of Michigan School of Nursing announced the addition of Rushika Patel, Ph.D., to its staff as the school’s first director for diversity, equity and inclusion.
Our students, faculty and staff will benefit greatly from Rushika’s breadth of experience and knowledge,” commented UMSN Dean Patricia D. Hurn.  “With the support of our existing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) implementation committee, I’m confident she will help us make great strides toward our diversity, equity and inclusion goals.”
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Diversity Statements

Excerpt from Dean Patricia Hurn's diversity statement: We are a community that is built from diversity. We believe that diversity, the presence of difference, must be joined with equity, the parity of difference, and inclusion, an open welcome to difference. We recognize that conflicts between groups exist in our history and in our present, and we aim to be a space where we can work together to bridge the divisions among us. Read Dean Hurn's full Diversity Statement.
Excerpt from Dr. Rushika Patel's diversity statement: Diversity, equity and inclusion are principles of standard practice, and excellence of any institution or community depends on these principles. We cannot be excellent if we do not welcome all experiences in our community. Read Rushika Patel's full Diversity Statement.
See below for working definitions of the terms diversity, equity, and inclusion.


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.


Find diversity resources for faculty, students and staff at the University of Michigan.

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 welcomes people from all backgrounds

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
  • 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. 

Active Implementation

The Implementation Committee for DEI meets monthly and is working concurrently on multiple fronts.


School events to further the strategic plan and foster a culture of awareness and openness are on-going at the School of Nursing. Events with specific interest in diversity, equity and inclusion, broadly conceived, are flagged as "DEI events." Use the calendar legend on the left sidebar to filter for these events.