Diversity, equity and inclusion

DEI Committee mission

The School of Public Health (SPH) considers diversity critical to its educational mission. We recognize that diversity is richly complex and multi-faceted. We encourage sharing unique perspectives, critically reflecting on others experiences, and asking for clarity when needed. It is believed the convergence of different ideas, experiences, and beliefs will create an optimal learning environment in which we can grow our own perspectives. We all benefit from a diverse living and learning environment.

We at the School of Public Health value human diversity in all its richly complex and multi-faceted forms, whether expressed through race and ethnicity, culture, political and social views, religious and spiritual beliefs, language and geographic characteristics, gender expression, gender identity, and sexual identity, learning and physical abilities, age, and social or economic classes. We respect the value of every member, and everyone is encouraged to share their unique perspective as an individual, not necessarily as a representative of any category.

Public health has a foundation of cultural awareness and diversity to support equitable care for all. Addressing the health inequities that are pervasive in the healthcare system including many social services and educational awareness campaigns are central to our school’s commitment to making the world a better place. Our programs strive to prepare students to become part of a worldwide or global approach to public health, encompassing differences in language, culture, geography, and all aspects of the social determinants of health.

Goals

Objective 1: Provide a supportive and nurturing learning environment to prepare students to collaborate with diverse communities in Nevada, regionally, the nation, and globally.

Objective 2: Foster and monitor a school climate that encourages diversity, inclusion, and critical discourse.

Objective 3: Transform the School of Public Health into a culturally respectful and sensory landscape to create a multicultural welcoming physical and virtual space.

Meet the DEI Committee

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Siva Balakrishnan
Siva Balakrishnan
International Student Representative
6581
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Emma Bergen
Emma Bergen
Senator for School of Public Health
6581
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Jay Cafferata
Jay Cafferata
Public Health Diversity Advisor, Nevada Public Health Training Center
(702) 895-1040
6581
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Bonnie Coker
Bonnie Coker
Assistant to the Dean and Associate Dean
(775) 682-7084
6581
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Sarah Y.T. Hartzell
Sarah Y.T. Hartzell
Ph.D. Student - Social and Behavioral Health
6581
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Angela Heinemann
Angela Heinemann, Ph.D.
Teaching Assistant Professor
(775) 682-5758
LR Room 232
6581
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Enid Jennings
Enid Jennings, MPH, CHES
Lecturer II
(775) 682-5729
LR 232
6581
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Didier Lopez-Presiga
Didier Lopez-Presiga
Public Health Practice (online) MPH Student Representative
6581
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Ingrid Mburia
Ingrid Mburia, PhD, MPH
Teaching Assistant Professor
6581
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Kim Prokosch
Kim Prokosch
Senior Coordinator, Workforce Development, CASAT
6581
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Julie Smith-Gagen
Julie Smith-Gagen, Ph.D., MPH
Associate Professor
(775) 682-7082
LR Suite 213
6581