School of Public Health and Health Professions Diversity Statement

At the School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP), we value diversity, equity and inclusion. These elements are fundamental to fulfilling our mission of improving the health of populations, communities and individuals.

We aim to affirm our commitment to diversity in every aspect of the school, most notably our curriculum, research and service.

We seek to foster an environment that supports intellectual, personal and professional development of our students, faculty and staff, and one that promotes an atmosphere of civility, collegiality and mutual respect for cultural differences.

We strive to increase the diversity of our students, faculty and staff. “Diversity includes all characteristics and experiences that define us as individuals.” (1) We actively recruit and work to retain a diverse body of students, faculty and staff historically underrepresented in an academic environment. These include individuals who have been underrepresented based upon race, ethnicity (2), gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability (3), as well as individuals with economic (4), academic, vocational or social impediments (5). SPHHP believes that diversity is a key component of fostering cultural awareness and cultural competence, which are essential skills graduates will need in serving many different populations in an increasingly globalized society.

The SPHHP complies with all non-discrimination policies of the University at Buffalo.

  1. National Partnership for Reinventing Government (NPR) Diversity Task Force.
  2. Historically underrepresented students in higher education include African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans.
  3. The Americans with Disabilities Act defines disability as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.” We encourage individuals with a disability to learn about resources and services provided by UB’s Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR).
  4. Economic impediments could include a lower income. An individual with a lower income is one whose taxable income did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount in the calendar year in which he/she initially applies to an educational institution, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The poverty level amount is determined using criteria established by the Bureau of the Census of the U.S. Department of Commerce. 
  5. Academic, vocational, or social impediments could include a first-generation individual applying to UB whose natural or adoptive parents had not received bachelor’s degrees, or an individual who prior to the age of 18 years, regularly resided with and received support from one natural or adoptive parent only and whose supporting parent did not receive a bachelor’s degree. 

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