Butch de Castro named Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Butch de Castro named Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Public health nursing expert to re-join Seattle campus faculty Sept. 16, 2017

Butch de Castro

Dr. Butch de Castro

The UW School of Nursing is pleased to announce that Butch de Castro, PhD, MSN/MPH, RN, FAAN, has been selected as our school’s Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Dr. de Castro is a scholar with expertise in public health nursing and occupational and environmental health.

He joins us from UW Bothell, where he spent the last four years as a member of the faculty with their School of Nursing & Health Studies. He will join our school’s executive leadership team and re-join the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health as professor, where he spent the first seven years of his academic career.

Dr. de Castro’s appointment will be effective Sept. 16, 2017.

“I am very excited to work with Dr. de Castro to advance DEI in everything we do throughout our school,” said Dr. Azita Emami, Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Endowed Dean at the UW School of Nursing. “His scholarship, teaching and leadership collectively reflect a strong focus and passion in DEI.”

Dr. de Castro’s program of research on disparities among immigrant and minority populations is an excellent fit with our school. He is also an outstanding educator in the subject of social determinants of health and has many ongoing collaborations with faculty in the fields of public, environmental, and global health.

He is adjunct faculty in the UW School of Public Health serving as Director of the Occupational Health Nursing Program, and is a research affiliate with the UW Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety & Health Center and UW Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology. And, he brings tremendous experience in DEI issues having held prior roles as Chair of UW School of Nursing’s Diversity Committee, Executive Board Member of UW Alumni Association’s Multicultural Alumni Partnership, and faculty representative on UW Bothell’s Campus Diversity Council.