Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

UMSN welcomes people from all backgroundsThe 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.


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. To report a concern, please call 1 (844) SON-TALK (844-766-8255). This line is not confidential but all matters will be handled with care and consideration. Be aware this line is not for emergencies and criminal matters will be reported to the proper authorities. 


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.

U-M's Strategic Plan

On Oct. 6, 2016, the University of Michigan embarked on a historic journey, launching its first-ever university-wide strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion. See the video recap of the launch and learn more about the plan.

UMSN Staff Forum

Providing a safe space for staff to discuss and address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion on the first Wednesday of the month. Please see the calendar for specifics.
If you have an item for the agenda, please complete this form.
The mission of the Staff Forum is to
  • Develop and build relationships between staff to foster a positive, transparent, and inclusive environment in the School of Nursing.
  • Facilitate discussions around ideas, interests, and issues of importance to UMSN Staff.
  • Provide a venue for staff led input, feedback, and direct communication with UMSN leadership. 
Join us!

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 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. 

Implementation Committee

The Implementation Committee for DEI meets monthly and is working concurrently on multiple fronts. These include:
  • 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 Arab-Americans and Muslim-Americans
  • groundwork for a monthly forum for staff as a space to come together and address concerns
  • discussions with Curriculum Committee on diversity and inclusion in curriculum, clinical simulations, and clinical placements
Committee members include:
April Bigelow, faculty
Gina Dahlem, faculty
Gwen Kearly, UMHS staff
Jordan Rimsa, student
John Shaver, student
Lee Roosevelt, faculty
See UMSN's calendar for related events, and find out about events on campus.
Learn about the campus initiative.