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, during the 2015-16 academic year, UMSN Dean Kathleen Potempa convened a committee to draft a strategic plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to be implemented over the next five years. The plan has been submitted for review by the Office of General Counsel in preparation for implementation. This plan emphasizes our continuing efforts to bring groups underrepresented in nursing into our school and to ensure that we remain welcoming to people of all backgrounds.
Highlighted in the President's Charge were 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.
Diversity Statement and Resources