Office of Inclusive Excellence


Welcome to the Office of Inclusive Excellence


Inclusive Excellence Statement


Inclusiveness Implies Excellence; Excellence Implies Inclusiveness

At the Milken Institute School of Public Health, we are committed to the advancement of public health through excellence in research, teaching and community partnerships. To achieve this mission, we support and are inclusive of all persons regardless of age, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, or disability. 

The Office of Inclusive Excellence seeks to further cultivate diverse perspectives within the School of Public Health, communicate and collaborate with communities and create sustainable health equity solutions.



A Message from the Senior Associate Dean, DEI

Wanda Nicholson

“Our goal is to build sustainable, effective, and meaningful programs by aligning and integrating DEI initiatives into the mission, vision and values of the School and to measure the contribution to a diverse public health workforce committed to community justice and health equity.”

Wanda Nicholson, MD MPH MBA

Senior Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion



“The Office of Inclusive Excellence is our way of ensuring that we are capturing everyone’s lived experiences, incorporating them into the cutting edge research and policy making decisions. There is no solution in public health where we do not include all communities.”

Rachel Thomas, MA
Director, Diversity & Inclusion

Rachel Thomas



Our Mission

To provide a roadmap to guide institutional leadership to advance diversity and inclusive excellence in recruitment and retention of faculty, enrollment of students from underrepresented groups and promotion of staff. Our goal is to cultivate a supportive environment where every person thrives, is heard and feels a sense of belonging.

Our Vision

To achieve health equity through educating a diverse public health workforce, building sustainable community partnerships and promoting the health of persons nationwide.




Recent Events


Inclusive Excellence Day

Inclusive Excellence Day

November 28, 2023

Inclusive Excellence Day

Inclusive Excellence Day

March 5, 2024