DEI programs and events


DEI in Health and Healthcare Series

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:30 am, Room 1330, 400 NIB: Lisa Meeks, PhD: The Intersection of Disability and Nursing: Next Steps. Students with disabilities are an emerging and significant population of students in the field of nursing. Given recent advances in technology, coupled with changing attitudes and perceptions, nurses with disabilities are better situated to meet the demands of nursing programs and they bring a unique and valuable perspective to patient care.

In this talk, Dr. Meeks will challenge you to ‘reframe’ disability. She will review the benefits of full inclusion of students with disabilities into your educational programs by ‘busting’ the most prevalent myths and demonstrating how students with varying disabilities meet the competencies of nursing education in a safe and effective manner. She will outline best practices and discuss the great disability movement happening at UM and invite UM Nursing to become a leader in this area.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Room 1250, 426 NIB: Nadia Ali Charania: Depression in Pakistani Women – a Reality: Insider’s Perspectives as an Outsider. Pakistani women are faced with factors that contributes to their struggles or assist them to live a life with depression, the recurrent and chronic mental illness.  Health care professionals need to understand such factors and develop creative and empirically tested approaches to promote women’s ability to self-manage depression on an ongoing basis.  

Faculty & Staff DEI Trainings

Friday, March 1, 2019, 9:00 – 11:00 am, Room 1240, 426 NIB:  Unconscious Bias Training, with Tina Jordan and Jean Tennyson. The unconscious mind is a powerful and intrinsic force in helping to shape our overall behavior in our everyday lives. This interactive workshop is designed to examine how unconscious bias can affect one's perceptions, decisions, and interactions.  

You will learn to:

  • Identify how bias and the processes of the unconscious mind can impact your decisions and results
  • Utilize strategies to practice more conscious awareness so you are better able to advocate for inclusion in your organization

You will benefit by:

  • Understanding the science and research of unconscious bias
  • Having an increased awareness of your own diverse background, and its influence on your perceptions

Wednesday, March 20, 9:00 am – 10:30 am in Room 1250, 426 NIB: Patricia Coleman-Burns, PhD: Exploring Hidden Biases: Steps to Achieving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace. The current social and political realities raise various beliefs and attitudes about topics and “public’s”/groups of people that are often unconscious. This workshop asks participants to explore the role of "hidden" biases in the workplace, and to find constructive ways to engage in professional relationships in order to achieve diversity, equity and inclusion.

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Room 1330, 400 NIB: Tiffany Marra, PhD: CEW+ Resources and Initiatives in Support of Your Student’s Success

In this presentation, Tiffany Marra, Director of the Center for the Education of Women (now known as CEW+), will speak about how CEW+ supports students and will discuss resources at CEW+ that may be particularly useful to nursing students. She will also outline several initiatives that CEW+ has undertaken to support non-traditional students across campus and will outline patterns that faculty can look for in the classroom and beyond that would indicate pointing their non-traditional students to resources within CEW+ or elsewhere on campus.

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

Mindful Mondays:

Monday, February 4, 2019 - Getting Beyond “I’m Right and You’re Wrong!” -  A Mindful Discussion on Social Change and What Liberals and Conservatives Have in Common.

Monday, March 18, 2019 - Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Nursing - A Mindful Conversation on Experiences, Progress, and Potential Pitfalls.

Monday, April 1, 2019 - “Men in Nursing” - A Mindful Conversation on Experiences, Progress, and Potential Pitfalls.

Monday, May 6, 2019 - “Women’s Work” - A mindful Conversation on Media Portrayals of Women, Race and Class in Nursing.

Monday, June 3, 2019 - “Being an Ally to History Makers” - A conversation on how we use our daily realms of influence to act on behalf of others, and how we can understand acting on behalf of “others” as a form of acting on behalf of ourselves.

Getting-Over-the-Hump Wednesdays:

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - “Who is the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King to you?” Personal reflections and community dialogue on his life and work.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - “Leading as an Introvert, Leading from Vulnerabilities” - A viewing and critical discussion of recent Ted Talks

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - “Implicit Bias in the Classroom” - Contemporary cultural deficit models in education, the danger of a single story, and the role of dignity in learning.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - “Advancing Staff Careers I” - What’s your next perfect job and what’s your plan for getting it? (Ideal if you can attend the next session too)

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - “Advancing Staff Careers II” - What’s your next perfect job and what’s your plan for getting it? (Ideal if you can attend the previous session too)

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 -  “DEI Summer Games” - Just for fun!

Heritage Month Video Series

February is African-American History Month. Short videos are available to all University students, faculty, and staff highlighting how this month came to be. The videos also teach us about African Americans in US history that you’ll want to learn more about, if you haven’t already. Please join us in the Brave Space on Feb 15 at noon to watch the videos together. Feel free to bring your lunch as well as additional information about African Americans in US history that have inspired you. If you are interested in joining a group that is currently working on a project to collect stories of trailblazing African American nurses with historical ties to UMSN, please email me.

To read about and access the videos follow this link :

New videos will be available every month and screened at noon in the Brave Space, Room 3307 400 NIB, following the schedule below:

  • February 15 - Black History Month
  • March 8 - Women’s History Month
  • May 10 - Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • June 14 - LGBTQ+ Pride Month
  • September 13 - Hispanic Heritage Month
  • October 11 - National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • November 8 - Native American Heritage Month