A Diverse Workplace is a More Effective Workplace

January 15, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Announcements,

A message from Marschall Runge, M.D., Ph.D. 

Dear Colleagues:

In just a few days, the University will sponsor a number of symposia, events and lectures in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.  These campus-wide events demonstrate the importance our university places on diversity, equity and inclusion in education, the workplace, research and other services.

Diversity is important to our mission and to achieving excellence.  As a Health System, our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion of all people must be demonstrated everyday — so everyone in our community feels engaged, respected and valued.  By doing so, we'll continue to improve as a patient care provider, educator and employer of choice.

I’ve made reaching our diversity, equity and inclusion goals a top priority for our health system.   Given the diversity in our world and the populations we serve, everyone should feel engaged, respected and valued. When we value people who are different than we are, we create an environment where people can do their best work to achieve excellence in patient care, education and research. We become stronger by embracing our differences.   

We should expect that nurturing a more equitable and inclusive environment can help accelerate three important priorities across our missions:

  •          Expand our clinical delivery network,
  •          Stimulate  basic and clinical research programs, and
  •          Support the new medical school curriculum, graduate medical education, and basic science education as we prepare future health care leaders.

So, I ask for your help as we find the most effective ways to live our values.  I commit to you that we’ll do the right thing and do things right – when recruiting, hiring, retaining, promoting, making assignments and engaging each of you in our workforce and education.   We honor diversity, equity and inclusion for one simple reason:  so people here can do and be their best, regardless of how they look, speak, worship, or differ from others.

If this becomes the foundation for our day-to-day work ethic, we’ll have greater teamwork and better performance.

Please join President Schlissel and me in supporting the university-wide commitment to improve diversity, equity and inclusion.  Exciting planning efforts are underway across the campuses.  Here in the health system, our Office of Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) is shepherding this process.  We need everyone to participate; I hope you will do so enthusiastically.

Thank you.


Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D.
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs
Dean, University of Michigan Medical School

To learn more about campus activities and how you can get involved: http://diversity.umich.edu/