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Policies & Statements

“To paraphrase one participant, a midwifery education program's mission should include a commitment to increasing diversity, and all faculty and staff need to embrace that mission.”                                                    - Yamasaki McLaughlin, 2012, p. 51

“Participants urged midwifery educators to support the leadership of women of color on professional and institutional policies and objectives.”  

Yamasaki McLaughlin, p. 48 

Why Needed?
Why Needed?
  • One of nine themes that emerged from a multi-institutional qualitative study by Harper & Hurtado (2007) that also synthesized fifteen years of research about campus racial climates was: 

    • "The Pervasiveness of Whiteness in Space, Curricula, and Activities: Beyond ethnic and multicultural centers on the five campuses, Asian American, Black, Latino, and Native American students found it difficult to identify other spaces on campus in which they felt shared cultural ownership. White interests were thought to be privileged over others, which many racial/ethnic minorities viewed as inconsistent with institutional claims of inclusiveness...Other participants also critiqued the isolation of ethnic culture to a single center, office, or academic major. Although Asian American students generally appeared to be as satisfied as their White peers, even they expressed a desire for greater cultural representation." (Harper & Hurtado, 2007, p.18)

  • "Hundreds of studies from our literature review verify that
    racially diverse environments and cross-racial interactions can have a positive impact on academic and
    intellectual development, on students' social-cognitive skills and personal development, civic
    involvement, and on our national workforce and economy. And many studies concluded that the
    diversity policy or practice being studied was effective in obtaining those benefits." (Taylor, Milem & Coleman, 2016, p. 8)

Important Considerations
Important Considerations
Additonal Resources
Additional Resources



Diversity and Inclusion Language:

INSIGHT Into Diversity 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Awardees:

"At the

University of Illinois-Chicago,

the Chancellor’s Status Committees are advisory groups comprising staff, students, and faculty that collaboratively monitor the needs of underrepresented and underserved groups and proactively make policy recommendations to improve the climate for these groups on campus."

- USDE, 2016, p.42


Taylor, T. E., Milem, J. F., & Coleman, A. F. (2016). Bridging the research to practice gap: Achieving mission-driven diversity and inclusion goals. A Review of Research Findings and Policy Implications for Colleges and Universities                                         

SOURCE: Ryerson University (2017). Midwifery Education Program Equity Statement. Retrieved from 

Syllabus Statments
Syllabus Statemens
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