DEI programs and events


Meetings and Workshops

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs Cynthia Arslanian-Engoren and Chief Inclusion Officer Rushika Patel provide workshops focused on workplace culture. These workshops are a part of a school wide effort to ensure that the culture of UMSN is one in which everyone is guided by basic principles of civility, openness, and respect to maintain a positive and diverse environment.


The Student Advisory Board meets monthly and is open to all students. Contact Coreen Abston at to find out more.

The DEI Implementation Committee meets regularly and shares their perspective with the school community through email and school-wide events.

Brave Conversations

Every Monday from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Brave Spaces Lounge (Room 3307, 400 NIB), we host Brave Conversations to talk about important and timely issues. 

Story Slams

Every Thursday from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Brave Spaces Lounge (Room 3307, 400 NIB) we host Story Slam meetings. All are welcome to come and tell their story about individual paths to nursing and higher education, or just listen. Use the creative expression that feels right for you, including video, creative writing, spoken word, or poetry.  

Rev. Dr. MLK Jr. Symposium

Each year, MLK Day is celebrated at the University of Michigan with a symposium across all three campuses. The annual Health Sciences Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium occurs on the same day.