In the School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) we believe that we can only achieve our mission of improving the health of populations, communities and individuals if we are a diverse and inclusive academic community.
We strive to embody our value of diversity, equity and inclusion in our teaching, research, service and community engagement.
We believe that our learning community is enriched by differences in perspectives and background. A diverse student body, faculty and staff is instrumental in promoting cultural competence in public health and clinical practice. We therefore are taking action to increase diversity among our students, faculty and staff with respect to race, ethnicity, first in family to attend college, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, religion, socio-economic status, veteran status, and support the specific needs of international, first-generation, transfer and returning students.
We foster an environment that supports intellectual, personal and professional development of our students, faculty and staff, and one that promotes an atmosphere of collegiality, mutual respect for differences, and awareness of dynamics of privilege and oppression. SPHHP believes that diversity is a key component of fostering cultural awareness and cultural humility, 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.
The SPHHP demonstrates its commitment to diversity by:
The School of Public Health and Health Professions Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council is made up of over 30 staff, students and faculty who are committed to making SPHHP an anti-racist institution. It consists of 8 groups working on:
The panel shared stories about their public health career journey including their experiences as UB students. They also addressed their view on health and wellness, specifically as it effects people of color.
The University at Buffalo’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion can help if you have a concern about unfair treatment due to race, gender, age, or LGBTQ, religious, veteran or disability status.