"As the world responds to racial justice upheavals, leaders must ask “What is diversity, equity, and inclusion to generationally
oppressed humans?” Those buzzwords are useless if people allow white supremacist culture to thrive. At the University of Louisville School of Public Health & Information Sciences, we’re incorporating liberation into our work; that means challenging ourselves to suffocate supremacist paradigms and prioritize policies and practices that support our most structurally marginalized people in creating their own wellsprings of life. Join us as we strive to reach our vision of public health."      --Trinidad Jackson, Assistant Dean for Culture & Liberation

Diversity Mission

Advancing Health Equity & Social Justice

The diversity mission of the School of Public Health and Information Sciences is to create an environment in which each person can achieve his or her full potential independent of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, disability, religion, national origin, or military status. The school holds that diversity encompasses.

The school holds that diversity encompasses:

Human diversity, characterized by physical appearance, personal characteristics, life experiences, and preferences.
Cultural diversity, characterized by beliefs, attitudes, values, customs, history, geography, and norms.
Research, teaching and service diversity, characterized by academic preparation, theoretical approaches, and community based applications.

The school aims to build a diverse community that is both nurturing and challenging with a philosophy of diversity based on the respect for one another and recognition that each person brings unique attributes, talents, and contributions to the school.

Dr. Muriel Harris and Dr. Ryan Combs are co-chairs of the SPHIS Diversity Committee.

Racism -- A Public Health Crisis

Read the school's Declaration of Racism as a Public Health Emergency that explains how the disproportionate impact of COVID-19, along with widespread protests for racial justice, is forcing a long overdue reckoning with the history of our country in general and Louisville specifically, and how that history has shaped the systems, policies, practices, collective narratives, and behaviors we exist with today.

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