The EPM Diversity Committee (EPMDC) is a collection of students who are dedicated to enhancing educational excellence through diversity within the EPM program. The EPMDC is committed to providing student leadership on issues regarding diversity and inclusion and being a listening body for students.
History of the EPMDC
The EPMDC was founded in response to the public resurgence in the Black Lives Matter movement due to the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and more during the spring of 2020. The public resurgence of the movement was felt widely throughout the world and brought to bear the unveiling of inequities and aggressions against students of color in academia. In response, EPM students organized the EPMDC to provide student leadership in ensuring that the EPM program addresses the inequities within academia and the communities that EPM students serve.
During the summer of 2020, students gathered remotely to develop the EPMDC Action Statement (not to be confused with the Diversity Action Statement released by program leadership) in which students asked for specific action regarding course structure, diversity in admissions, diversity hiring and more. Since then, the EPMDC has worked with the EPM Program Director, Chair and Coordinator in collaboration to achieve these goals.