DEI Active Implementation
Dean Patricia Hurn
Dean Hurn comes from a background in which she was often the only woman in the room. Although it is easy to forget about the underrepresentation of women in the sciences when surrounded by the School of Nursing’s proportion of female faculty members and students, it is important to remember that this is a relatively unique situation in academia overall. The American Council on Education reported that in 2011, only 26% of college presidents were female, and the American Association of University Professors showed that in 2005-2006, though women earn more than half of the PhDs granted in this country, only 24% of full professors are female.
Dr. Rushika Patel, Senior Diversity Director
Rushika Patel commits herself to the work of social justice after moving through the inequalities of southeastern Michigan. Patel grew up in Sterling Heights, Michigan. As an undergraduate at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, she worked as a student ambassador to support students from Detroit Public Schools. After graduation she worked as a teacher for two years in the Detroit Public School systems.
Maureen Coerdt, Assistant Dean for Administration
Maureen Coerdt is happy to serve on the diversity implementation committee because of her dedication to intentional recruitment for School of Nursing. As Assistant Dean for Administration, she leads recruiting efforts for faculty, students, and staff, and is committed to smart human resources and student services practices that enable the school to draw from the widest variety of talent.
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.
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."
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."
Jasmine Johnson, student
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
"This is a rare and important opportunity to develop new, and change existing, institutional structures that will create, promote, and sustain a more dynamic, open, include, and diverse environment for the School of Nursing and the University of Michigan. It is an honor to serve on a committee that has such great potential to positively affect the lives of those who will become nurses, the communities they serve, and the faculty and staff who help them on their journey."
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, staff
"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."
- 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 diverse populations
- 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