Diversity, equity and inclusion

Diversity, equity and inclusion

A fundamental purpose of nursing is the provision of quality and equitable health care to all members, groups, and communities of society. Nursing knowledge and practice must be sufficiently broad in perspective and content to meet the requirements of a diverse, multicultural population. To this end, the University of Washington School of Nursing seeks to attract, admit/hire, and support diverse and racially representative students, staff and faculty members.

A central activity to support this diverse community is adequate preparation to interact with people from all cultures. This focus requires that nursing be responsive to, explicitly value, and incorporate a wide variety of perspectives and experiences. This open and flexible approach is based on respect for all cultures and their members, on examination of our own perspectives, biases, and socialization, and on the ability to examine and adjust our own perspectives, beliefs and behaviors.

We are committed to fostering a climate that is inclusive and welcoming of all groups. We recognize that this effort is a multi-dimensional one that includes: recruitment efforts, policies, curriculum, pedagogy, norms, practices, faculty/staff promotions, decision making, and continuing multicultural and anti-oppression education for faculty and staff members. We also recognize that nursing education and practice in the United States occurs within the social, cultural, and historical context of institutionalized racism (among other forms of oppression). Meeting our purpose thus requires a sustained and multi-dimensional effort.

We are committed to eliminating all forms of oppression resulting from socially and culturally constructed differences in race/ethnicity, sex/gender identity or orientation, socioeconomic status, language, age, physical characteristics, disability, pregnancy, veteran status, country of origin, citizenship, religious or political beliefs, military status, and others.

UW School of Nursing principles of inclusion

  • We affirm the inherent dignity of each individual and group.
  • We affirm that group differences are socially, culturally, and historically constructed and hierarchically arranged, resulting in the inequitable distribution of resources among groups. This construction and distribution can be changed and we commit to change it.
  • We affirm our commitment to address difference, privilege and power at the School of Nursing. We will address privilege and power using anti-racist and anti-oppression principles of on-going education, open dialogue, skill building, challenging the status quo, and accountability to people of color and other social groups.
  • We affirm our commitment to increase the numbers of faculty, students and staff from underrepresented groups, and to support their leadership within the school.
  • We affirm our commitment to work toward a climate of inclusiveness on all levels of the School of Nursing.

Gender identity and expression

The School of Nursing community responds to student needs and works to develop a nurturing and inclusive environment that values diversity and promotes the dignity of every individual and group consistent with University of Washington policy and practice.

Diversity committee

The School of Nursing Diversity Committee was founded in 2002. It consists of School of Nursing staff, faculty, and students who work cooperatively to achieve the committee’s mission and goals.

We believe a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff will enrich our lives and assist us in experiencing the growth and change that comes from learning more about others and ourselves. The well-being and quality of life of the School of Nursing—including potential students, students, staff, and faculty—and the University may be improved as a result of the work of the Diversity Committee.

It is the mission of the School of Nursing Diversity Committee to promote an environment of respect, teamwork, and mutual understanding among students, staff, and faculty. We strive to create a safe and supportive climate that promotes diverse points of view and in which every person is treated with respect and dignity.

We define diversity as the vast array of human qualities that distinguish each and every person. These qualities include core attributes such as ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and physical abilities/qualities, as well as attributes that result from a lifetime of experiences, such as cultural background, education, geographic location, marital status, religion, work experiences, socioeconomic status, and military service.

Diversity committee goals

  • Provide a forum for continued vigilance directed toward creation, promotion, and maintenance of activities, programs, and policies that further our understanding of individual and group diversity in all areas, including student life, curriculum, teaching, programs, staffing, personnel training, research, community service, and events.
  • Foster discussion and solicit input about diversity issues from students, staff, and faculty in the School of Nursing.
  • Develop and communicate policies and promote values that discourage intolerance and discrimination.
  • Identify and assess existing diversity resources that might be accessed by students, faculty, and staff of the School, as well as by members of the greater community.

Diversity committee listserv

In order to foster discussion and solicit input about diversity issues, all students, staff, and faculty in the School of Nursing are encouraged to subscribe to the School of Nursing Diversity email listserv. To post a message to the list, send an email to sondiversity@uw.edu.