Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership



Established in 1997, the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership is dedicated to improving health care worldwide through the development and promotion of nurses as leaders. The center is committed to helping nurses transform their thinking, partner effectively with others, and create needed transformation.

Toward that end, the center serves as a catalyst for generating new ideas; convenes leaders from nursing, other disciplines and organizations to collaborate strategically; and is charged with advancing the science and scholarship of nursing leadership. Through events, programs, research and education, the Densford Center honors the legacy of nursing, explores current issues and opportunities, informs the future of health care policy, and advances transformation and vitality of health.

Our Mission

The Densford Center advances innovative leadership development of nurses and nursing through interprofessional education, research, advocacy, and community engagement. 

Our Vision

Nurses will lead the collaborative transformation of individual, family, population, global, and planetary health.

Our Values

  • Commitment to and engaging in relationships that promote “power with” rather than “power over” others 
  • Collaborating with interprofessional, transdisciplinary, community, and global partners to move toward health equity and improved health for everyone 
  • Honoring many ways of knowing, including personal, cultural, situational, ethical, empirical, and Indigenous knowledge systems 
  • Respecting the dignity and wellbeing of all 
  • Advocating for inclusivity, diversity, equity, justice, and reconciliation with underrepresented communities.
  • Working from a mindset of abundance rather than scarcity; hope rather than fear 
  • Considering policy implications for all initiatives and actions


Oriana Beaudet

The School of Nursing is hosting the Planting Seeds of Innovation Colloquium on June 4 to guide participants through the process of growing an innovation seed into action.

NGO CSW forum

The Katharine J. Densford Center for International Nursing Leadership at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing was selected to host a parallel event during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68) Forum.