Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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.

Welcoming diversity requires moving beyond simple tolerance to respecting and embracing differences in a safe, positive and nurturing environment.

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 of the worlds' citizens.

Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
Dean and Professor, College of Nursing