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 Health and Academic Equity Officer
U-M School of Nursing


Inclusive Care for Transgender Clients

The LGBTQ+ Nursing Leadership Society discusses the new and innovative ways we can provide care for and support transgender patients.


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.