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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The School of Nursing has been at the forefront of diversity, inclusion, and equity issues for nearly two decades and is recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Group of diverse accelerated nursing students studying at the table.
HEED logoThrough 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. We are united by mutual respect, understanding, and a love for learning.

UR Nursing's Strategic Plan

The School's strategic mission is realized through a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Council for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

The Council guides efforts to promote and build a school-wide diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.

DEI Resources

Learn more about DEI work across the University and how the School seeks to empower faculty, staff, and students to become allies and advocates.


'Nurses are fundamental to achieving health equity.'

Mitchell J. Wharton, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNS, associate dean for equity and inclusion, has been an integral figure in the school’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts as co-chair of the Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion since 2018 and the faculty advisor for the student-led Leading with Integrity For Tomorrow (LIFT) program since 2014.

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Diversity Officers

Peter Bertoldo, MBA Contact Information

Peter Bertoldo, MBA

Staff Diversity Officer

Jonathan Wetherbee Contact Information

Jonathan Wetherbee

Staff Diversity Officer

Kristin Hocker, EdD Contact Information

Kristin Hocker, EdD

Faculty Diversity Officer

Maria Quiñones-Cordero, PhD Contact Information

Maria Quiñones-Cordero, PhD

Faculty Diversity Officer

Upcoming Events

News & Updates

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We encourage you to learn more about resources, and share your thoughts or feedback with the Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the School of Nursing.

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