School of Public Health and Health Professions Diversity Statement

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.

Staff, students and faculty at the Global Innovation Challenge, Communities of Excellence: Global Health Equity in Hayes Hall.

We strive to embody our value of diversity, equity and inclusion in our teaching, research, service and community engagement.

Our Commitment to Equity

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) ensures UB's compliance with policies covering discrimination, harassment, accommodations, equal opportunity and child protection.

Promoting diversity in our student body, faculty, and staff

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.

Promoting inclusion

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:

  1. Supporting scholarships to promote diversity in our academic programs
  2. Supporting initiatives to promote recruitment and retention of students from diverse backgrounds
  3. Implementing initiatives to support academic attainment among students from diverse backgrounds
  4. Support international students’ transitions to the University at Buffalo and promote their inclusion in the University community
  5. Monitoring and proactively improving the climate experienced by diverse students, faculty, and staff
  6. Investing in programs to help high school students explore public health majors and careers
  7. Promoting best practices for equitable hiring
  8. Conducting research that promotes the health of diverse populations and reduces health disparities
  9. Engaging with and serving community organizations that promote equity in health and opportunity  
  10. Disseminating knowledge of health inequities and social determinants in the local and global communities. We welcome applications from our community members to our microcredential in strategies to eliminate health inequities
  11. Collaborating with other University at Buffalo entities to promote our shared missions of enhancing diversity and inclusion

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.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council

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:

  • Resources and procedures for reporting discrimination
  • Promoting inclusive pedagogy
  • Assessing school climate
  • Disseminating anti-racism resources
  • Faculty and staff hiring practices
  • Scholarships for students from diverse backgrounds
  • Recruiting a diverse student body
  • Promoting community partnerships

Statement of Values

In keeping with the University’s commitment to inclusive excellence, the SPHHP Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council strives to enact the following values of C.A.R.E. 

  • Conversation – We seek to create processes and spaces in SPHHP for listening to one other, discovering the truth, and elevating multiple and silent perspectives. We seek to promote an organizational culture where all members are heard with curiosity, respect and empathy and where members are able to unlearn bias and learn cultural humility. 
  • Accountability – We seek accountability and transparency in decision-making that impacts diversity and inclusion in SPHHP. 
  • Respect – We seek to promote inclusion and a culture of respect in SPHHP governance, pedagogy, community engagement and research. 
  • Equity – We seek to create ways for SPHHP to intentionally focus its resources and agency in the pursuit of social justice. We seek to intentionally foster an environment that is welcoming to groups that have not historically been represented in SPHHP by dismantling and making reparations for systems that have promoted inequality in the past. Of particular importance is broadening the diversity of the SPHHP faculty, staff and leadership.
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Alumni Panel

Challenge minority groups are facing with stress and overall health

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.

Questions about diversity and inclusion practices and policies?