The UHS Health Promotion Office is committed to fostering a culture which values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strive to cultivate sustainable and impactful health promotion and well-being action that can be embedded into our campus community. Our work values the uniqueness of each student’s ethnic/indigenous/racial identity, nationality and citizenship, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender and gender expression, age, ability, body shape / size, and socio-economic status, veteran status, as well as the intersectionality of these social identities. Furthermore, we acknowledge that possessing these identities within environments where those identities are not fully appreciated, respected, or are actively undermined may have a significant impact on a student’s well-being and capacity to thrive.
We understand that we cannot effectively cultivate impactful health promotion without also recognizing the socio-ecological factors which impact access and outcome for individuals with marginalized identities. We play a critical role in addressing systemic and structural issues that perpetuate inequities on campus and prevent students from achieving optimal well-being. Our health promotion efforts center around a community development approach that is strengths-based and student-centered, so that our programs, services, and initiatives best meet the needs of our diverse student body. We commit to lifting up the voices of students with historically marginalized identities and engaging in shared decision-making practices within our office. We collaborate with students, colleagues, and outside organizations with expertise that we lack, and remain humble through recognition that we are a resource, rather than the key to solving issues of student well-being.
We are committed to always serving students to the best of our ability. We acknowledge that this important work is a continual cycle of learning and action, of recognizing and dismantling our biases, and of identifying needs and closing gaps. We promise to be relentless in our critical self-reflection, and will gracefully acknowledge when mistakes are made, recognizing that intent does not equal impact. This commitment is ongoing. We promise to maintain a consistent focus on the interdependence between diversity, equity, and inclusion issues which are necessary to achieve a campus culture of well-being for all students.