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

 

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

A Look Back: Diversity at UR Nursing

The most recent diversity milestones and initiatives at the School of Nursing

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2003

“Cultural Sensitivity and Promotion of Diversity,” a 1-credit course developed by Dr. Mary Dombeck, launches and is made available for faculty, staff, and students.
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2005

A diversity objective is incorporated into Dean Patricia Chiverton’s Management Plan, to “create a welcoming environment that reflects and values increasing the diversity of faculty and students.” Dean Chiverton also forms the Dean’s Advisory Council for Diversity.
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2006

The University institutes a university-wide role for Faculty Diversity Officers to support and improve the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty within each school.
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2006-07

Annual diversity awards, the Mary Dombeck Diversity Enhancement Faculty Award and the Mary Dombeck Diversity Enhancement Staff Award are implemented.
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2009-14

The Robert Wood Johnson New Careers in Nursing Program awards funds to support 91 scholars, including 57 from underrepresented groups. The School was one of only five schools in the country to receive this award for all seven years of funding.
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2012

The Dean’s Advisory Council for Diversity restructures to become the Council on Diversity and Inclusion (CoDI). The new council becomes an elected body featuring faculty, staff, and students — a shift that recognizes the Council’s work as essential to the School’s operations.
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2012

The Nursing Doctorates on Course (NDOC) program is implemented to develop a pipeline of faculty from underrepresented groups in nursing. The program helped provide mentoring, as well as financial support for six students through doctoral education.
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2013

The Spirituality Subcommittee – a subcommittee of the Council on Diversity and Inclusiveness – is implemented to recognize that spiritual, religious, and moral beliefs are related to health, illness, healing, suffering, and dying.
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2014

The Harriet Kitzman Endowed Fellowship in Health Disparities supports the recruitment of an early tenure track faculty member who is underrepresented in nursing.
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2014

LIFT (Leading with Integrity For Tomorrow) is formed as a student-led initiative to provide opportunities for students to engage in learning and discussions related to leadership, advocacy, and diversity.
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2015

New courses, “Culture, Health and Diversity” and “Religions, Spirituality, and Health” are introduced.
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2015

A Staff Diversity Officer position for CODI is instituted to ensure a voice for staff related to diversity and inclusiveness issues. The University of Rochester Medical Center implements the URMC Office of Inclusion and Culture Development.
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2015

The Mary Dombeck Diversity Library offers a collection of diversity, equity, and inclusion-related books as a resource for the UR Nursing community.
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2016

A Student Diversity Officer position for CODI is created. Safe Space Training is also implemented for faculty and staff.
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2017

The East High School Career Transitions Program is developed to introduce high school students from diverse backgrounds to health care professions and enhance awareness of nursing as a viable career.
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2018

A holistic admissions process is formalized in consultation with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
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2018

Street Outreach – a collaboration between medical and nursing students at the University of Rochester – forms to provide weekly health screenings, first aid, mental and emotional support, and other resources to Rochester’s homeless population.
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2019

A new course, “Special Topics: Social Determinants of Health,” is introduced.
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2019

Dean Kathy Rideout institutes Dean’s Diversity Scholarships to increase financial support for APNN students underrepresented in nursing.
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2019

The newly-renamed Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion implements a Student Diversity Award.
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2019

The UR School of Nursing becomes the university sponsor for the Rochester Black Nurses Association.
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2020

The Rochester Black Nurses Association implements a peer mentoring program for APNN students and new graduate nurses in early transition to a nursing career.
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2020

New courses, “Special Topics: History of HIV” and “Diversity and Equity in Healthcare” are introduced.
Rosario-McCabe
"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