Anti-racism plan enacted
November 2, 2021
The School of Nursing has enacted a strategic plan to promote an inclusive, diverse and equitable culture within the school that rejects racism and promotes and cultivates an environment that is safe, supportive and responsive to the needs of students, staff and faculty. Developed by the Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity (IDE) directors and committee, the plan is supported by the school.
The plan, which includes metrics and benchmarks, focuses on areas such as recruitment and admissions, curriculum and student experiences, faculty and staff recruitment, nursing research, leadership, and communications.
“The strategic plan is driven by our enduring dedication to creating a culture that embraces inclusivity, diversity, equity and social justice,” says Clinical Associate Professor Barbara Peterson, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, and director of Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity. “Sustained transformation in nursing education and health care requires vision, reflection and committed action. The strategic plan’s commitments, goals and action steps reflects the school’s priorities to cultivate an environment that is safe, supportive and responsive.”
Peterson says the plan is both a product and a process. It will serve as a roadmap rather than a destination as the school lives out its values through its priorities and daily engagement. It also provides opportunities for all members of the School of Nursing community to add their energy, skills and wisdom to accomplish its goals.
Following approval by the Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity committee and Dean Connie Delaney, the plan was reviewed and distributed for comment and subsequently endorsed by school leaders, faculty and staff.
Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity Strategies and Plans for Anti-Racism at the School of Nursing can be found at z.umn.edu/antiracismstrategies.