Statement on SCOTUS ruling

As the outgoing executive dean and incoming interim executive dean of UW School of Nursing, we echo the statement put forth by UW President Ana Mari Cauce regarding the most recent Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action in college admissions. While the University of Washington is still reviewing the ruling’s potential impact on their admissions policies, our school remains steadfast in our commitment to equitable student admissions. UW School of Nursing, in particular, holds true to our principles of advancing health equity and educating a nursing workforce that is equipped to care for all people and meets each patient where they are.

We believe that every student, regardless of their race or background, deserves access to a world-class nursing education. Our admissions process is designed to select students based on their academic and personal achievements, as well as their potential to succeed in our rigorous program. We will continue to uphold these standards and ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to pursue their dreams of becoming a nurse.

As we navigate the implications of this ruling, we remain focused on our mission to create a supportive and inclusive learning environment for all our students. We stand with UW President Ana Mari Cauce in our commitment to expanding access to education and creating a community of belonging for everyone.




Allison Webel, PhD, RN, FAAN

Incoming Interim Executive Dean

Azita Emami, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, FAAN

Outgoing Executive Dean