Inclusivity, Diversity & Equity

Nursing students assisting a simulation patient

The School of Nursing welcomes and affirms all. We embrace the equity and diversity commitment of the University of Minnesota.

Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity and Social Justice

School of Nursing commitment to antiracism

The School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota is dedicated to creating a culture that embraces inclusivity, diversity, equity and social justice.

Inclusivity.  Inclusivity is a guiding principle that values diverse perspectives, opinions and beliefs, different ways of understanding and knowing, including Indigenous and ancestral knowledge. These differences and common understandings enrich our lives and foster holistic, value-centered decisions and the impact of day-to-day actions. Our aim is to foster a safe environment that respects and acknowledges all people within the school and in the communities we serve and for which we advocate. As a community of educators, practitioners, and researchers, we commit to developing innovative nursing professionals who provide holistic, culturally-appropriate care and leadership for all people, organizations, environments, and the planet.

Diversity.  Diversity reflects our individual and personal characteristics, including but not limited to age; race; ethnicity; gender identity; sexual orientation; family structures; national origin; immigrants and refugees; physical, functional, and learning abilities; religious beliefs; and socioeconomic status. We commit to cultivating a diverse community and workforce guided by our dedication to fairness and social justice. We believe welcoming and respecting diversity is rooted in our moral obligation and responsibilities as human beings and nursing professionals.

Equity  and Social Justice. The School of Nursing is a proponent of accessible, quality care for all individuals. Furthermore, we are committed to eliminating health care inequities for people from marginalized communities. Through a commitment to equity and social justice, we will work to dismantle discriminatory systems and practices and promote equity within nursing, health care systems, and society.

School of Nursing anti-racism statement

The School of Nursing acknowledges the role racism plays in the creation of disparities in health care, nursing education and research, and how this history impacts Indigenous peoples and communities of color. We strive to make plurality central to our work. Because racism is imbued in our systems and institutions and because racism by individuals can be both intentional and unintentional, we are committed to building on existing anti-racist policies, practices and pedagogies, and learning from the experiences of Indigenous peoples and people of color. To ensure that our words are translated into action, we commit to ongoing self-evaluation and organizational reflection to better align our reality with our values

Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity Description

The School of Nursing welcomes and affirms all. We embrace the equity and diversity commitment of the University of Minnesota.


Leverage the transformative power of equity and diversity to advance excellence in teaching, research and community engagement at the University of Minnesota.


We envision a University where equity and diversity are:

  1. Integrated into the work and lives of every student, faculty, and staff member.
  2. Recognized as core institutional values, and will inform thinking, policies, and practices throughout the University.
  3. Inherently intertwined with academic excellence and the development of leaders for a globally inclusive society.

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Juneteenth 2023

The day was warm and sunny, the crowds were in a joyful mood, and our School of Nursing volunteers made our table a huge success at the second annual UMN Juneteenth Celebration.

The school was one of only 16 nursing schools to receive the HEED Award, which honors U.S. nursing, public health, medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, veterinary, and other health schools and centers that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

HNA formed in 2012 in response to a lack of representation of Hmong in the health care profession.

Our commitment to inclusivity, diversity and equity

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