DEI programs and events


The Student Advisory Board meets monthly over lunch to talk about any and all aspects of the student experience at UMSN and in the larger campus community. It is open to all students.The Board serves as a voice and source of support for UMSN students - especially students for whom topics related to diversity, identity, access and inclusion are particularly salient - personally, academically and/or professionally. Contact Guy Barast to find out more.

DEI in Health and Healthcare Series

Situated Vulnerabilities and Resiliencies in Global Transgender Health. Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 2:00 – 3:00 PM, Room 1000, 426 SNB.
Dr. Sari Reisner is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, based at Boston Children's Hospital, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Trained as a social and psychiatric epidemiologist, his research focuses on sexual and gender minority health inequities across development, particularly in HIV infection and mental health conditions, with specialization in transgender health.

Approaches to Research Conducted with Diverse Groups within the African American Population. Wednesday, October 31, 10:00 – 11:00AM, Room 1250, 426 SNB.
With panelists Lenette Jones, Ph.D., RN:  Jaclynn Hawkins, Ph.D.; Jade Curry-Burns, Ph.D., RN, CPNP-PC; Sheria Robinson-Lane, Ph.D., RN.  The panelists will discuss how they became interested in their populations of interest and why these research interests are high priorities in healthcare. The panel will also address ways in which their work is similar and different, potential collaborations, and various approaches that are unique to their specific populations.  

Faculty & Staff DEI Trainings

Microaggressions TrainingDeath By a Thousand Papercuts: Understanding and engaging microaggressions with Shanna Kattari, Ph.D., School of Social Work. Microaggression is a term coined by Harvard psychiatrist Chester Pierce back in 1970. It refers to subtle actions, often performed unconsciously, that are degrading to others on the basis of gender, racial/ethnic identity, sexual identity, socio-economic status, ability and more. Takes place Wednesday, October 24, 2018, from 3:00 – 4:00, Room 1000, 426 SNB.

Disability Awareness & Etiquette – Our nursing community wants a space for focused discussion related to (dis)ability, access, and inclusion. A training session on Disability Awareness and Etiquette will be held Dec. 11 from 10-11:30am in Room 1240, 426 N. Ingalls. It will be facilitated by Christina Kline.

Brave Space events:  Mindful Mondays & Getting-over-the-hump Wednesdays

Monday, October 1, 2018, 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Denise Williams, Ph.D.: Compassion Fatigue and Burnout

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Dr. Rushika Patel, Ph.D.: Discussion of Zachary Wood’s TEDX on “Why it’s Worth Listening to People you Disagree With.”

Monday, November 5, 2018, 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Potluck! Bring a dish a let us know how it reminds you of home. 

Monday, December 3, 2018, 12:00 – 1:00 PM: DEI Games! Win prizes while learning about the diversity of UMSN students, faculty and staff.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Dr. Patricia Coleman-Burns: Re: One View from the Black Professoriate in Higher Education

DEI Implementation Committee meetings

Fall meetings of the DEI Implementation committee will be held in Room 1330, 400 NIB, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Meeting dates are Wednesday October 10, Monday November 12 and Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

DEI Student Advisory Board meetings

All undergraduate and graduate students are invited to join the UMSN Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Advisory Board. This Board is the student voice on DEI. Members meet once monthly with the Chief Inclusion Officer over lunch to talk about any aspect of the student experience. All are welcome! Meetings are held in the UMSN Brave Space, Room 3307, 400 NIB. The next meetings will be held on Friday, October 26, November 16 and December 14, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

CRLT Inclusive Teaching Meetings

Lunch will be provided for these meetings; if attending, please email Guy Barast at

Monday, October 22, 2018 12:00 PM-1:00 PM, Room 1330, 400 NIB

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 12:00 PM-1:00 PM, Room 1330, 400 NIB