Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Vision Statement

We envision a division where:

  • Diversity, equity, inclusion and justice are recognized as core institutional values that drive decision-making, resource allocation, and the development of all policies and practices.
  • Diverse communities of students, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and faculty are recruited, retained, supported, and valued.
  • Collaborative internal and external partnerships inform the emerging needs of students, postdoctoral fellows, staff, faculty, and the communities in which we live and work.

Mission Statement

Our division increases access to opportunities by:

  • Advocating for students, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and faculty.
  • Emphasizing the importance of diversity by promoting learning and development.Our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice is the shared responsibility of students, postdoctoral fellows, staff, and faculty, and must be supported and guided by every member of the Division.

Five Strategic Initiatives

  1. Increase diversity of faculty, staff and students
  2. Improve experiences of faculty, staff, and students who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), as well as those individuals who are part of other marginalized groups
  3. Improve the environment for all faculty, staff, and students in the Division
  4. Integrate DEI into EpiCH teaching and research
  5. Share our division’s skills and resources with community members and organizations to help address structural racism and other causes of inequities

DEI Action Team

DEI Action Team Members (PDF)

Traci Toomey

Professor Traci Toomey, PhD
DEI Action Team Chair

Upcoming Events

The Division of Epidemiology & Community Health host events, seminars, and trainings for discussing and learning about diversity, equity, inclusion, race, and bias.

Upcoming events are for students, staff, faculty, and the community and can be found at EpiCH Events Calendar and SPH Events Calendar.

Prior Events

Did you miss a DEI-related event that you wish you could have attended? We do our best to record events and post links below when available. Questions regarding any of the prior events can be directed to dei-epich@umn.edu

Advancing Accessibility and Inclusion: Results from the Field
April 2, 2021

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: A Brief Look at Understanding, Healing and Moving Forward
April 2, 2021

Policing in Public Health
March 26, 2021

BIPOC Faculty and Staff Lunches
March 3 – April 21, 2021

Celebrate Black History!  A Conversation with St. Paul’s Mayor Melvin Carter
February 19, 2021

Advocacy in Public Health: Closing Inequities for Latinx/e Community Through Policy and Research
February 12, 2021

Asian Students in Academia: Conversations on Race
February 3, 2021

Celebrate Black History Trivia
February 2, 2021

Contextual Sources of Risk and Resilience Impacting African American Communities in St. Paul and Minneapolis, A Community Engaged Program of Research
January 22, 2021

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – A book discussion
January 19, 2021

Policing and Public Health: How Rethinking Public Safety can Shape Public Health
November 20, 2020

Navigating Microaggressions, Part II
November 12, 2020

Yoga for BIPOC students (biweekly on Wednesdays, ongoing)
Fall 2020


The University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, and the Division of Epidemiology & Community Health are committed to taking steps to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, and become an anti-racist community.

Antiracism Reading Lists UMN Library
Microagressions and How to Engage When They Arise (PDF)



Contact the EpiCH DEI Action Team dei-epich@umn.edu

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