A strength of the SPH community is its commitment to attracting, training and engaging
students, faculty and staff from different backgrounds, cultures, values and perspectives.
We seek to create an environment that invites and values the contributions of everyone
so that we can fulfill our public health mission. Toward this end, we are committed
to honest and respectful dialogue, treating everyone with dignity and respect, and
managing tensions and different viewpoints with maturity, sensitivity and as growth
opportunities. We view this approach to diversity as fundamental to achieving our
educational, research, practice and professional development goals because it provides
opportunities for us to expand our horizons, learn from each other and do our best
How do we define diversity, equity and inclusion?
In the fall of 2015, University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel issued a campus-wide
charge to develop strategic plans that demonstrate each school or college's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
To respond to the President's Diversity Charge, the School of Public Health adopts
the following definitions and commitments:
- Diversity: We commit to increasing diversity, which is expressed in myriad forms, including
race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic
status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability
status, and political perspective.
- Equity: We commit to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and
discrimination. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons
and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital
status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion,
height, weight, or veteran status.
- Inclusion: We commit to pursuing deliberate efforts to ensure that our campus is a place where
differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard, and where
every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. We know that by building
a critical mass of diverse groups on campus and creating a vibrant climate of inclusiveness,
we can more effectively leverage the resources of diversity to advance our collective
Student and faculty voices: What is diversity?
Our community has defined diversity in a number of ways, what does diversity mean
to you? U-M is working to advance diversity, increase the inclusiveness of the academic
community, and promote greater equity throughout the campus.