Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The College of Health and Human Services seeks to be a community of learners that embraces, respects and advocates for human diversity, inclusion and social justice in its education, research and service programs. We invite all students, faculty and staff to actively work together to become a more diverse, inclusive and just community.

Upcoming DEI Events


Having an intersectional identity often generates a feeling that someone does not completely belong in one group or another, and can lead to isolation, depression and other mental health issues. Nathan Nguyen from the WMU Office of Diversity and Inclusion leads this free in-person discussion at the College of Health and Human Services.

Thursday, September 29 | 4 to 5:30 p.m.

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Statement on Race and Antiracism

WMU CHHS has released a Statement on Race and Antiracism. We announce a proactive stance on race and antiracism and propose measurable actions to work against racism in support of all of our students. Read the entire statement.

2022 DEI Conference and Burian Lecture

On March 24, the DEI committee, along with the WMU Center for Humanities, hosted the 2022 Burian Lecture in room 4010 at the college. Dr. Cooper Owens spoke about her book, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology.


On March 25, the DEI committee hosted its biannual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference, covering topics related to equity in health and human services. The featured session was a keynote conversation with Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens.


Impact and Suggestions

DEI Suggestion Box

If you have a comment or a suggestion for a change we could make in the college to make it more welcoming, accessible or responsive, please send us your suggestions. It is an anonymous form and you do not have to leave your name or email unless you want someone to respond.

Impact Report

The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion has released its 2022 Impact Report. Learn more about the plans, activities and outcomes from the committee.

2022 Impact Report   2021 Impact Report

Members and Data

Committee, 2021-22

  • Dr. Betty Dennis, chair
  • Dr. Carrie Barrett
  • Wan Chen
  • Eric Comer
  • Dr. Elyse Connors
  • Dr. Steve Eberth
  • Joshua Enos
  • Rachel Koeson
  • Joel Krauss
  • Dr. Shannon McMorrow
  • Dr. Andrea Perez
  • Dr. Maria Roche-Dean
  • Tanya Timmerman
  • Dr. Pamela Wadsworth


We intend to publish data on racial demographics and pass rates delineated by race. This page is in process and will continue to be updated as we gather data.


DEI Training

  • Video of Identity, Power and Privilege - DEI Training, January 2022

    Identity, Power and Privilege

    January 2022

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  • Video of Panel Discussion on LGBTQIA2S+ Experiences with Health Care

    LGBTQIA2S+ Experiences with Health Care

    February 2022

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Committee Information

  • Chair: Dr. Betty Dennis, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the College of Health and Human Services.

  • Meeting dates: The College of Health and Human Services Committee on Diversity and Inclusion currently meets at 9 a.m. on the second Friday of each month during the fall and spring semesters.

Framework for Initiatives   Annual Report (2014)   College-wide Survey (2010)