DEI Dialogues, Trainings and Events

The University of Michigan School of Nursing is committed to meeting the needs of all students, faculty and staff. DEI training opportunities and events at the U-M School of Nursing will be listed here as they are made available.

Upcoming Events

Brave Space

Heritage Months

U-M DEI events and trainings can also be found through U-M DEI Courses and Trainings and U-M Organizational Learning.

Please contact Dr. Rushika Patel at if you have a DEI related question or simply to share what is on your mind. Please check this page periodically for further updates.

Thank you for your commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the School of Nursing.

Rushika Patel

Rushika Patel
Chief Inclusion Officer
U-M School of Nursing


Q&A with Dr. Joneigh Khaldun

The U-M School of Nursing virtually hosted Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Executive and Chief Deputy Director for Health and Human Services for the State of Michigan.


Discussion with Dr. Claire Valderama-Wallace

Claire Valderama-Wallace, Ph.D., MPH, RN presents "Reckoning with the Racism and Colonialism of Nursing Education to Move Towards Health Equity and Healing"

Disparities in Transgender Healthcare

Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of Health for the State of Pennsylvania leads a conversation on rights and equity for sexual and gender minority populations, COVID-19 and the need for science based policy, opioids and more.

A discussion with Dr. Martha Dawson, President of National Black Nurses Association

Dr. Martha Dawson shared her pearls of wisdom including expert insight on the issues, challenges and successes facing the organization and Black Americans throughout the nursing profession and healthcare industry.

Support Men in Nursing

U-M School of Nursing student leaders Josiah Ratts and Neal Hautz moderate a panel and interactive session celebrating the launch of the Men in Nursing initiative.

  • MLK Symposium - Every year the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI) coordinates the University-wide annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium — one of the largest celebrations of the life and legacy of MLK.
  • Heath Sciences MLK Symposium - The Health Sciences also have an annual speaker and set of events. Students, faculty and staff can participate in planning these activities.
  • DEI Summit - The DEI Summit occurs during the fall semester of the academic year, and includes a campus-wide community assembly with keynote speaker, a community update event the highlights segments of the annual DEI report, and numerous school, college and unit events across campus.
  • Dance for Mother Earth Powwow - Native American students and faculty at the University of Michigan have been bringing the annual powwow to the Ann Arbor area since 1972.
  • U-M DEI Events - Resource that assists in learning about DEI events happening on campus or in the area.

  • Tuesday, October 20 from Noon - 1:30 P.M. "LGBTQ II" with Alyssa Garcia & Liz Gonzalez
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  • Friday, October 23, 2020 from 2- 3:00 P.M.
    Margaret M. Calarco Leadership Lecture
  • Tuesday, September 22 from 10 - 11:00 A.M., "A Trauma-Informed Approach to Well-Being: Dealing with Stress and Change" with Kelcey Stratton
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  • Thursday, September 24 from 2 - 3:00 P.M. Nursing Students of Color Welcome Mixer
    This welcome event for all new and returning undergraduate and graduate students will occur via Zoom. This is an opportunity for students to meet each other as well as faculty and staff of color. Interested in starting an organization, learning about the campus, getting or sharing tips and advice, then join us! Please register via this Qualtrics survey by Wednesday, September 16. For questions, please reach out to Drs. Sheria Robinson-Lane, Patricia Coleman-Burns or Rushika Patel. 
  • Wednesday, September 29 from 11 - Noon Hispanic Heritage Month featuring Alana Cueto, President of NAHN 
    This virtual event for nursing students features Alana Cueto, President of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses will be held on Tuesday, September 29 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Topics include challenges facing Latinos in nursing and healthcare, the importance of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, and Ms. Cueto's journey to becoming a leader in the field. This event will be moderated by Dr. Sean McCabe and other UMSN faculty and staff who will also share their insights and experiences.  Please register via this Qualtrics survey by Wednesday, September 16. This event is open to undergraduate & graduate students.
  • February 2020 - A Candid Conversation about Men in Nursing, featuring a distinguished panel of nursing professionals from Michigan Medicine.
  • February 2020 - "American Son" Film Screening and Critical Dialogue
  • January 2020 - LGBTQ+ Winter Welcome
  • September 2019 - A Discussion with Congresswoman and U-M School of Nursing alumna Lauren Underwood
  • March 2019 - Disparities Dialogue on Maternal Health and Care: Being A Black Woman Giving Birth in the U.S.:  A Maternal Health Crisis
  • March 2019 University of Michigan MLK Health Sciences Lecture: Using genomic and environmental methods to unravel hypertension health disparities in African American women
  • November 2018 - "This is America" Panel Discussion - Childish Gambino’s "This is America" music video is a portrayal of controversies in the United States.