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.

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

Annual U-M Events and Information

  • 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.

Past Events and Information

  • 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.