Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Diversity defined…

The College of Nursing defines diversity as the variety of differences and similarities among people which can include 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.

Embracing diversity is a core value of our college and speaks to our commitment to represent and honor voices and perspectives that enrich our dialogue and encourage an inclusive, nurturing culture. We advocate for and contribute to Ohio State's "inclusive and supportive community where you can comfortably join in or confidently stand out."

The College of Nursing's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, with input and guidance from the Diversity Committee, sponsors programs throughout the year to support this commitment, including a climate assessment for faculty, staff and students. Future programming is in planning. You can also engage in programming through the university's Office of Diversity and Inclusion and through the Office of Student Life's Multicultural Center.

In partnership with the group Nursing Students of Color, our office celebrated and recognized 28 days of Black history in February 2022 by honoring individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to healthcare. You can see slides featuring the honorees here

INSIGHT Into Diversity Health Professions School Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award 2023

Annual recipient of the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine since 2016.

Angela Alston
Chief Diversity Officer

From the Chief Diversity Officer

We value, celebrate and embrace diversity among our students, staff, faculty, within our communities and across the globe. We recognize that diversity is not a problem to be solved, but rather an ongoing journey requiring the engagement of everyone to help us be inclusive to everyone. It is my aim to ensure we create an environment where people can learn, work and succeed.

Our Inclusion Philosophy

We're BUCKEYES, and we:

  • Believe in one another
  • Understand the work that lies ahead
  • Care about everyone impacted by our actions and thoughts
  • Know that we are on a journey
  • Expect moral and ethical standards congruent with nursing philosophy
  • Yearn to grow, share and admit when help is needed so we can
  • Empower those around us to challenge the status quo as we
  • Sustain the success that is the hallmark of The Ohio State University College of Nursing.


Student Diversity Equity and Inclusion Award

The College of Nursing’s Student Diversity Equity and Inclusion Award is presented to a graduating student from the college who demonstrates exemplary service in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion. Students can be nominated by fellow students or faculty and staff. Nominations are received in the Spring of each year and awards are given at the spring Convocation event.


  • 2023: Mikayla King
  • 2022: Faith Metlock
  • 2021: Katherine Sampson
  • 2020: Jillian Jones
  • 2019: Sabrina Jamal-Eddine


Land Acknowledgment

Statement from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion



October 11, 2023
INSIGHT Into Diversity recognizes college for commitment, leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the nation’s
October 14, 2022
Honor from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine recognizes college’s long-standing commitment and impact The Ohio State University today received its seventh consecutive Hea