Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

HPM Anti-Racism Practice Committee Charge

The charge of the ARPC is to provide guidance, resources, and advocacy to foster inclusion and culture change across the division of Health Policy and Management (HPM) and beyond. One of the main goals of this committee is to support accountability through action planning and routine assessment to guide the Division’s continuing efforts to promote policies that promote equity, inclusion, and a culture of openness and transparency. This will be accomplished by proposing recommendations, providing a clearinghouse of curated resources, and advocating for student and staff voices in HPM. The committee acknowledges the historical legacy of oppression across academic institutions, particularly in Public Health spaces, which have systematically ignored and delegitimized BIPOC students. It is the aim of this committee to leverage its members’ contributions to bring awareness and action for the promotion of social justice and equity within HPM and beyond. The committee is equally composed of faculty, staff, and students, with the leadership reflecting both faculty and staff.

Statement of Responsibility

The Antiracism Practice Committee, on behalf of the Division of Health Policy and Management (HPM) in the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health (SPH), apologizes for all harms that Black, Indigenous, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Native American, Latinx and other people of color, among staff, students and faculty have experienced. As our committee works to implement anti-racism policies and practices in the Division of Health Policy and Management, we recognize that an important first step of antiracist organizational change is to take responsibility for the Division’s participation in racism and acknowledge who has benefited and who has been harmed. This statement represents this critical first action step.

View the Antiracism Practice Committee Statement of Responsibility (PDF)

HPM Diversity Statement

The Division of Health Policy & Management (HPM) and School of Public Health (SPH) embrace the diversity of students, faculty, and staff, honor the inherent dignity of each individual, and welcome each person’s unique perspectives. We all benefit from a diverse living and learning environment. We are also aware of the historical and contemporary impact of systemic racism, and other forms of oppression. The SPH is committed to implementing anti-racism and anti-oppression in our operations as reflected in our Strategic Plan for Anti-Racism.  If you are a witness to or experience an action which targets, excludes, or diminishes you or someone else based on their apparent or perceived identities, or if you wish to share suggestions for how HPM or SPH can more effectively address systemic racism, gender or religious bias, or other biases, please connect with School of Public Health Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lauren Jones (lljones@umn.edu) or HPM Division Head Jean Abraham (abrah042@umn.edu).  – Updated Sept. 2023


The ARPC has established four initial workgroups to address several priorities that were identified through the input of HPM students, staff and faculty. The committee will advance to additional objectives from a list of nearly 40 actions after first progressing the highest priorities. Our current workgroups are focusing on the following themes:

  • Group 1: Training/Assessment
  • Group 2: Reporting mechanisms and accountability
  • Group 3: Articulation of expectations and apology
  • Group 4: Infrastructure, hiring, and distribution of resources

Academic Program DEI Plans and Reports

In addition to division-wide actions through ARPC, HPM academic programs are also engaging in program-level diversity, equity and inclusion work.

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