The College of Nursing defines diversity as the variety of differences and similarities/dimensions among people, which can be along the lines of gender, race/ethnicity, tribal/indigenous origins, age, culture, generation, religion, class/caste, language, education, geography, nationality, different abilities, sexual orientation, work style, work experience, job role and function, military involvement, thinking style, personality type, and other ideologies.
Welcoming diversity requires moving beyond simple tolerance to respecting and embracing differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment.
A message from our Dean:
"We believe that diversity is an essential component of achieving academic excellence and reducing health disparities. Nurses and other healthcare professionals in the United States are caring for a progressively more diverse patient population, and we are committed to our students being exceptionally competent in providing care for all the worlds' citizens."
Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
Vice President for Health Promotion
University Chief Wellness Officer
Dean and Professor, College of Nursing
Professor of Pediatrics & Psychiatry, College of Medicine