Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

We are committed to making diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice fundamental to everything we do in academic public health.

Dismantling racism and structural racism in academic public health

Racism is a public health crisis that demands bold action on many fronts, including in academic public health. ASPPH and our Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited schools and programs of public health are dedicated to dismantling structural racism and ending the cultural, structural, and systemic conditions that enable racism in academic public health institutions. Take action and read our Framework for Dismantling Racism and Structural Racism in Academic Public Health.

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Advancing the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice Journey at ASPPH

Transforming Academia for Equity(TAE)

Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Transforming Academia for Equity serves as a collaborative initiative currently serving seven (7) ASPPH member schools and programs of public health. TAE enables schools to transform academic spaces to be equitable and inclusive for the benefit of faculty, staff, and students.

Diversifying the Public Health Workforce

ASPPH is dedicated to identifying and creating educational pathways to attract, recruit, train, and retain a diverse public health workforce.

Justice in Student Enrollment and Admissions

ASPPH has numerous resources, trainings, and tools for members to create mission-aligned admissions and advocate for inclusive recruitment practices. In response to the June 2023 SCOTUS decision reversing affirmative action in university applications and admissions, ASPPH has pivoted our approaches to recruitment and admissions.

Organizational Focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at ASPPH

The Community and Belonging (CAB) group at ASPPH consists of staff members who volunteer to raise awareness about important issues around diversity, equity, social justice, and inclusive excellence, ensuring everyone at ASPPH feels included. The CAB group organizes training sessions and supports activities that help build a strong and positive work environment, all while staying true to their values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

40 Years and Beyond: Our Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

  • Curated sessions on DEIJ at Annual Meeting 2023
  • Holistic Admissions Training for Project Leads
  • Environmental Scan of Inclusive Excellence
  • Inclusive Excellence Panel Qualitative Survey Results
  • Sections Retreat 2023 – Teaching Session with Boston University
  • Celebrate Diversity Social Media Campaign
  • Gun Violence Prevention Implementation Plan
  • HATE as a Public Health Crisis and Anti-Hate Toolkit
  • Phase 2 of Climate Health Task Force
  • Guiding Principles and Measures for schools of Advancing Inclusive Excellence and Anti-Racism Lens
  • CDC Disease Intervention grant focused on diverse public health workforce
  • Annual Report 2022 released with focus on ASPPH DEIJ
  • Gun Violence Prevention Task Force developed Climate
  • Change and Health Task Force developed Process Document for Inclusive Excellence added to HUB as Member Resource
  • RWJF TAE Groups with curated sessions at Annual Meeting
  • ASPPH Internal DEI Working Group becomes Community and Belonging (CAB) Group

Framework for Dismantling Racism and Structural Racism in Academic Public Health published and released to provide blueprint for future internal and external strategic planning, project development, and grant deliverables

  • Strategic Plan 2030 with overarching Diversity Goals developed
  • Address Racism as a Public Health Crisis and Racism in Academic Public Health
  • Inclusive Excellence Panel developed
  • RWJF Transforming Academia for Equity (TAE) Initiative started
  • ASPPH Internal DEI Working Group developed
  • Task Forces developed: (1) Competency Focused Public Health Education, (2) Harassment and Discrimination in all forms
  • DEI Advisory Committee created
  • Climate Survey conducted by Allison Foster
  • Statement of Commitment to Zero Tolerance of Harassment and Discrimination released


At ASPPH, diversity and inclusive excellence have been the overarching drivers championing our initiatives for over 40 years. Take a look at the timeline below of DEIJ initiatives and deliverables that continue to inform and guide our work in transforming public health academia for the 21st century.

Commitment to Zero Tolerance of Harassment and Discrimination

ASPPH and our members are committed to eliminating harassment and discrimination in academic public health and recognize the important of establishing and upholding respectful, safe, and welcoming work and learning environments

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

At ASPPH, we champion social justice, equity, and health for all. We strive to create an equitable and inclusive community that respects everyone, values differences, and stands up against acts of harassment and discrimination in all forms.

Lack of Men of Color Graduating from the Health Professions Declared a Crisis

As part of our ongoing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (DEIJ) initiatives, ASPPH worked with the Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions (FASHP) to declare the low number of historically underrepresented men of color (HUMOC) graduating and entering the healthcare professions a national crisis.

Celebrate Diversity

Celebrate diversity with ASPPH by recording a short video about your unique background, history, cultural practices, and
how they influence your career in the public health field.

Your story could inspire someone and help us develop more inclusive communities!


Members Only

The Academic Public Health Resources Hub (the Hub) is a platform to share and discover resources, tools, and promising practices used or developed by academic public health faculty and staff. This material is accessible to ASPPH members only. We encourage all members to contribute to the Hub to expand the library of resources. the topic includes:

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice (DEIJ)
Gun Violence Prevention (GVP)

Contact Us

Miranda Bosse, MPH, MSW (she/her/hers)

Senior Manager of Educational Initiatives