Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | School of Public Health

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Mission of the DEI Committee

The School of Public Health (SPH) views diversity as central to its educational mission. We recognize that diversity is extremely complex and multifaceted. We encourage sharing unique perspectives, critically reflecting on others’ experiences, and asking for clarity when needed. It is believed that the convergence of different ideas, experiences and beliefs will create an optimal learning environment in which we can develop our own perspectives. We all benefit from a diverse living and learning environment.

At the School of Public Health, we value human diversity in all its rich, complex and multi-faceted forms, whether expressed through race and ethnicity, culture, political and social opinions, beliefs religious and spiritual, language and geographic characteristics, gender expression, gender identity, and sexual identity, learning and physical abilities, age, and social or economic class. We respect the value of each member and everyone is encouraged to share their unique perspective as an individual, not necessarily as a category representative.

Public health relies on cultural awareness and diversity to support equitable care for all. Addressing the health inequities that are pervasive in the healthcare system, including many social services and educational outreach campaigns, is central to our school’s commitment to making the world a better place. Our programs strive to prepare students to be part of a global or holistic approach to public health, encompassing differences in language, culture, geography, and all aspects of the social determinants of health.

Goals

Goal 1: To provide a supportive and stimulating learning environment to prepare students to collaborate with diverse Nevada communities, regionally, nationally, and globally.

Goal 2: Foster and monitor a school climate that encourages diversity, inclusion and critical discourse.

Goal 3: Transform the School of Public Health into a culturally respectful and sensory landscape to create a multicultural welcoming physical and virtual space.

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