Diversity, equity and inclusion



The presence of differences among individuals, which may include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, physical and mental ability, age and class.


Providing fair and just treatment, opportunities, access to information and resources to all individuals regardless of their backgrounds or identities.


The creation of an environment where all individuals are valued, can fully participate, and are able to succeed regardless of personal attributes.


The design of environments, tools, services, and information that are useful and beneficial for all individuals, regardless of their abilities or experiences.

College resources

Apple Days
Hundreds of students from 19 local high schools visited WSU Applebaum in November 2023 to learn about health care career options.

DEAI Strategic Plan

Health care-focused tip sheets

Fostering an Inclusive Environment

Having Difficult Conversations

Inclusive Research Practices

Inclusive Teaching Practices

Microaggressions: Awareness and Mitigation in Health Care Settings

Health care-focused articles

Intersectionality in Patient Care

Mentorship as a Tool of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility in STEMM

Promoting DEIA in Health Care Settings

The Importance of DEIA in a Higher Education Setting

The Relationship Between DEIA and Mental Health


Apple Days community engagement

2023 event

2019 event

C2 Pipeline

This 21st Century Community Learning Center funded program through the Michigan Department of Education operates in 15 metro Detroit schools with the goal of college and career readiness. C2 Pipeline emphasizes careers in STEM and health care.

Eye to Eye Michigan Chapter

Eye to Eye aims to create a national mentoring program among students with learning disabilities.

Student organizations

WSU Applebaum's wide range of student organizations support the college's DEAI mission, including but not limited to: 

Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD)

Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity in Action at WSU DPT (IDEA)

Student Pharmacists Diversity Council (SPDC)

Scholarship and research

College Research Day
These pharmacy students are among many who engage in community-focused research at WSU Applebaum.

Members of the WSU Applebaum faculty research and publish on topics related to DEIA, including but not limited to:

Still Hurried: Working Mothers and Well-Being, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy Regina Parnell

Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on People of Color, Wassim Tarraf


University heritage and awareness events

College and university DEIA-related events

Community outreach

With clinical experience at their core, WSU Applebaum’s health professional programs are built on service to others. The hands-on training that is the cornerstone of health professional education can only happen on this scale with a brigade of volunteer practitioners who teach students as they treat their real-world patients. So it’s no surprise that WSU Applebaum students are driven to pay it forward.

University resources

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Campus resources

DEI Council

DEI Education and Training

Faculty and Staff Engagement Groups

File an Anonymous Report: A tool for faculty, staff and students to report sexual misconduct, discrimination and harassment and access barriers.

Universitywide DEI Strategic Plan

Grad day
First-generation graduate Jennifer Gavia earned her master of occupational therapy in 2022.

Diversity Dashboard

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Equity and Inclusion-Related Student Organizations

Student Disability Services

WSU Pride: LGBTQ+ campus resources and organizations, plus contact information and recent relevant news.

Commission on the Status of Women

Office for Teaching and Learning

Office of Multicultural Student Engagement

RISE: This OMSE learning community aims to protect and support undergraduate and graduate women of color.

The Network: This OMSE learning community aims to support African American men inside the classroom while offering peer and professional mentoring.

Success for Underrepresented Students in Graduate Education (SURGE): Graduate mentorship program supporting undergraduate domestic students from underserved backgrounds, including first-generation college students.

Native/Aboriginal Development Network

Wayne Women LEAD

Professional resources

PAS physicals
Physician Assistant Studies students regularly volunteer to provide Special Olympics physicals.

American Academy of Physician Associates DEI Resources

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy DEIA Resources

American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology DEI Resources

American Association of Pathologists' Assistants DEI Webinar

American College of Radiology Diversity Resources

American Occupational Therapy Association Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, Access and Belonging Resources

American Physical Therapy Association DEI Resources

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Diversity Advocacy Council

American Society for Clinical Pathology DEI Resources

National Funeral Directors Association DEI Webinars

National Institutes of Health – Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Minority Health – Cultural and Linguistic Competency

External resources

The following community organizations provide a range of services and information but are not directly affiliated with WSU Applebaum; follow links at your own discretion. If you know of a helpful organization you would like to see included in this list, please send an email with a URL and brief description to request consideration.

Affirmations – LGBTQ+ Community Center: Michigan nonprofit dedicated to providing a welcoming space where people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and cultures can find support and acceptance, and where they can learn, grow, socialize and feel safe.

American Indian Health & Family Services: Nonprofit health and community wellness center whose mission is to empower and enhance the physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental well-being of underserved populations in Southeast Michigan. The center’s approach integrates traditional Native American healing and spiritual practices with contemporary Western medicine in both treatment and prevention.

President Kimberly Andrews Espy, PhD (center) helped honor the CHIP clinic for a decade of community service.

ACCESS – Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services: Community nonprofit organization that strives to enable and empower individuals, families, and communities to lead informed, productive and culturally sensitive lives.

Arc Detroit: Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing advocacy and other services to persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families.

Asian Center of Southeast Michigan: Nonprofit organization committed to overcoming social barriers and reducing health disparities for Asian Americans in Michigan.

Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation: Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing self-empowerment, education, and personal wealth opportunities, primarily to the Southwest Detroit community.

Detroit Vet Center: This U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs location provides confidential help for veterans, service members, and their families at no cost in a non-medical setting. Its services include counseling for needs such as depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the psychological effects of military sexual trauma.

Detroit Women’s Leadership Network: Community group that promotes mentorship, leadership, and empowerment opportunities for women who reside, work, or serve in the Detroit area.

Focus: HOPE: Nonprofit organization committed to overcoming racism, poverty, and injustice across Metro Detroit communities through childhood education, job training, food support, and other programs.

Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit: Also known as the J, this is a nonprofit organization that seeks to strengthen the Detroit Jewish community by providing programming, events and services.

LGBT Detroit: Nonprofit organization that seeks to increase the prominence and visibility of Detroit’s LGBT culture, and build a strong, healthy and vibrant community. It focuses on youth and young adult development, sexual orientation and gender identity education and advocacy, and emotional and physical well-being.

Michigan Women Forward: Nonprofit certified community development financial institution dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for women and entrepreneurs of color, empowering the next generation, and celebrating the accomplishments of Michigan women.

NAACP Detroit Branch: Nonprofit organization that advocates for social, political, educational, and economic equality in the local community. The Detroit Branch NAACP also seeks to eliminate racial prejudice. It is involved in several civil rights and social justice advocacy initiatives.

To Write Love on Her Arms – Detroit: Nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA also fundraises to invest directly in treatment, recovery, and counseling programs. 

Transgender Michigan: Nonprofit corporation that provides advocacy, support, and education services aimed at empowering transgender and other gender nonconformist communities in Michigan. 

Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan: Also known as the Detroit Urban League (DUL), this a nonprofit organization seeks to enable African Americans and other persons of color to achieve their fullest potential. Its three-pronged approach focuses on research, service and advocacy.

Wayne County Suicide Prevention Coalition: Nonprofit community partnership dedicated to reducing the number of suicide deaths. Its work focuses on suicide awareness campaigns, prevention programs, and access to health services.