Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

What is Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the UR School of Nursing?

Diversity at the University of Rochester School of Nursing is a guiding philosophy of inclusiveness and respect that not only recognizes racial and ethnic differences, but diversity of gender, religion, ability, experience, and socio-economic background.

Through formal initiatives and informal dialogues, we strive to create a welcoming learning environment that reflects and values the diversity of faculty, staff, and students at the School of Nursing. We expose our students to different viewpoints and life experiences to create a better educated, more culturally sensitive and attentive health care workforce that will be well-prepared to meet the needs of patients.

Dean Kathy Rideout on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Who We Are


Mitchell J. Wharton, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNS

Mitchell J. Wharton, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNS

CoDEI Faculty Diversity Officer
Stephanie Murphy

Stephanie Murphy, ‘17N

CoDEI Student Diversity Officer

“This degree is not something that is handed to you. You have to earn the right to be called a nurse. There are only so many who can be in this club. And to be able to be in there is amazing to me.”

Jonathan Wetherbee

Jonathan Wetherbee

CoDEI Staff Diversity Officer & co-chair

“There’s such a broad definition of diversity and inclusion here that I don’t have outside of this work that’s really refreshing for me, because it’s something that I’ve found that I’m very passionate about.”

Kristin J. Hocker

Kristin J. Hocker, EdD

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

"My dream is that equity and the quality of diverse people’s inclusion and participation is at the forefront of all our policies, systems and practices so that the values that we enact truly reflect the values we espouse."



Four-time winner of HEED Excellence in Diversity Award

By the Numbers



 Students enrolled in the Spring 2020 Accelerated Program from underrepresented groups.


Students enrolled in the Spring 2020 Accelerated Program who are male, nearly triple the national average of males in the nursing workforce.


Faculty from underrepresented groups.

"My continued work with transgender people is fueled by the desire to chip away at health care disparities felt by many gender diverse people, and it reminds me of something I read in my early childhood: 'Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.'"
Luis A. Rosario-McCabe, DNP, RN, CNE, CNL, WHNP-BC
Asst. Professor of Clinical Nursing
Specialty Director, CNL program
Quote from The Lorax by Dr. Seuss