Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In the fall of 2015, the University of Michigan embarked upon a renewed commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. 

“Our mission at Michigan Medicine is to foster an environment of respect that honors the uniqueness of all who work, learn and heal here.” –              David Brown, MD, Associate Vice President and Associate Dean for Health Equity and Inclusion


We commit to increasing diversity, which is expressed in myriad forms, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status and political perspective.


We commit to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.


We commit to pursuing deliberate efforts to ensure that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. We know that by building a critical mass of diverse groups on campus and creating a vibrant climate of inclusiveness, we can more effectively leverage the resources of diversity to advance our collective capabilities.

Residency Initiatives 

Department of Internal Medicine and U-M Initiatives

Department of Internal Medicine

The Department of Internal Medicine's Office for Equity, Inclusion, and Well-Being works to continually monitor, evaluate, and refine DEI and well-being initiatives. An IMPOWER Council was created (IMPOWER - Inspiring Medicine to Promote Opportunities for Well-Being, Equity, and Diversity) to facilitate multidirectional communication and support initiatives to drive culture change around IMPOWER’s four strategic priorities: develop people, improve environment, build partnerships, and communicate results.

  • Grand Rounds Series - This series works to continually monitor, evaluate, and refine DEI and well-being initiatives. 
  • Peer Mentorship
  • Michigan Medicine COMPASS, Compassionate Peers and Stress Support Network - The peer support interaction provides a safe and confidential space to express reactions to a stressful event or time by speaking to someone who can relate directly to the circumstances involved.
  • COVID-19 virtual group support sessions
  • Cultural complications curriculum 
  • External faculty recruitment

Institutional Collaborators