Inclusivity, Diversity & Equity

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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. The University of Minnesota School of Nursing is committed to providing our learners with a safe, respectful and supportive learning environment. Learn more about our Promoting Safe Learning Environments policy. The University of Minnesota and the School of Nursing are also committed to a campus climate that is welcoming, inclusive and respectful for all. Let us know if we fall short by submitting an anonymous incident report.

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.

School of Nursing Resources

IDEA guest lectures

IDEA guest lectures address pertinent health and nursing diversity and equity issues.

University of Minnesota Resources

External Resources



Introducing SoN IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Advocacy)

IDEA is a school-wide group for all students, faculty and staff that meets every other month, alternating with the IDE Committee meeting. IDEA provides educational programming and promotes a culture of belonging, equity and flourishing in the School of Nursing.

The November IDEA meeting welcomed Dr. Margaret P. Moss Ph.D., JD, RN, FAAN who presented “How Federal Indian Policies have Affected AIAN Health Outcomes: a Minnesota Exemplar '' to honor Native American Heritage Month.

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.

Tumani Jackson says the DNP is preparing her to serve where change is needed 

The Center for Indigenous People, Health and Nursing of North America launched at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing to minimize health disparities to improve health outcomes for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people, families and communities.

For the eighth consecutive year, the University of Minnesota School of Nursing received the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine.

HEED 2023 Logo

School of Nursing receives 8th consecutive Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

Our commitment to inclusivity, diversity and equity

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