Unconscious biases are complex and often revealed in individuals and institutions in the most unexpected ways. This past fall, the University of Michigan Student Diversity Council (SDC) and Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) partnered with Medical School Administration to tackle the lack of diversity and representation in the images displayed in the Taubman Health Sciences Library (THSL).
Several members from SDC, OHEI, and the medical school formed a working group to select from dozens of images from past match days, graduations, commencements, M-Home activities, and other events. Each member of the group chose their top images and brought them to the group to discuss.
New images were carefully curated in an effort to display the diversity of the University of Michigan Medical School students and experiences. A total of eight images are displayed along the back wall of the 5th and 6th floors of THSL. SDC partnered with Ms. Grace Serra, the NCRC Art Coordinator, to produce and display these images. Moving forward, the SDC continues to seek ways to highlight and improve diversity, belonging and representation at UMMS.
The University of Michigan SDC addresses issues involving Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Justice (DEIAJ) at UMMS through activism, outreach, and education. To learn more about the SDC, please visit at https://sites.google.com/umich.edu/studentdiversitycouncil or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Sarosh Irani, Michigan native, third-year medical student and the University of Michigan Medical School, and Student Diversity Council member.