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.

Working with the President's Charge to the U-M Community, UMSN Dean Kathleen Potempa and the UMSN Diversity Strategic Planning Committee are tasked with making recommendations of strategies to further enhance the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty, staff and student body in the School of Nursing and to make recommendations to enhance an inclusive culture among faculty, staff and students. View the committee's planning document. Highlighted in the President's Charge are these goals:


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.


Student Town Halls
Help create the vision and contribute to the future by providing ideas and offering solutions. Free t-shirts and snacks will be provided at each event while supplies last.

  • Jan. 12 | 8:00–9:30 PM Angell Hall, Auditorium B
  • Jan. 13 | 7:00–8:30 PM Pierpont Commons, East Room
  • Jan. 16 | 2:00–3:30 PM Michigan Union, Kuenzel Room
November 9-13, 2015 was Diversity Week across campus, and events included:
  • Nov. 10 Diversity Summit Community Assembly featuring U-M President Mark Schlissel
  • Nov. 11 Leadership for Diversity in Higher Education: A Systemwide Commitment
  • Nov. 12 UMSN Mini-Training Supporting the Needs of Transgender Faculty, Staff, and Students
  • Nov. 12 UMSN Panel Discussion
  • Prison Creative Arts Project and "I am ___" Project table in SNB atrium (ongoing)
Contact Kate Wright for more info. Visit U-M's Diversity Events Calendar for U-M event details.


Resources and Additional Information

U-M Diversity Resources

External Resources

Diversity Statement from Dean Potempa

Letter from U-M President Mark Schlissel

Staff Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report