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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.

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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. We are united by mutual respect, understanding, and a love for learning.


To the School of Nursing community –

Regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the validity of race or ethnicity as recognized criteria in university admissions, the University is currently reviewing the decision with its legal team and others to determine the potential impact on our operations. As we undergo this review, I want to reaffirm the School of Nursing's commitment to recruiting a diverse student body and creating an environment where students of all backgrounds and identities can thrive. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of the School of Nursing's mission, and we remain dedicated to building a future in which our health care professionals are empowered and well-prepared to address health disparities and improve patient outcomes.

Read the University's full statement in President Sarah Mangelsdorf and Provost David Figlio's message, and from URMC CEO and School of Medicine and Dentistry Dean Mark Taubman.

Lisa Kitko, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN
Dean, School of Nursing
Vice President, University of Rochester Medical Center
Professor of Nursing


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.

Stories & Updates


The Crucial Role of Nurses in Driving Health Equity

Hear from Mitchell Wharton, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNS, as they discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. In this video, Wharton emphasizes that our efforts toward DEI must transcend representation. Instead, DEI efforts should empower individuals to courageously address disparities in health care and become fierce advocates for those who cannot raise their voices.

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Upcoming Events

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

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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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