Diversity Equity and Inclusion

To align with the strategic priorities of the University of Colorado system, the College of Nursing has taken a dedicated position in recruiting, developing, and growing a diverse community of students, faculty and staff. Our goal is to continue to provide educational programming and professional support in order to advance the profession of nursing, the quality of healthcare and research to better serve a diverse community.

Diversity (noun)

The College of Nursing embraces diversity as recognizing all persons, including their uniqueness and contributions to a rapidly diversifying population.

Inclusion (verb)

At the College of Nursing we recognize that inclusion refers to creating environments where everyone feels respected and valued for their role in achieving the goals of the group, institution, or organization.

Holistic Admissions Process

The College of Nursing is committed to creating a diverse student population, as a result, we have incorporated a more holistic approach to admissions. This process involves recruiting, evaluating, and admitting a highly qualified diverse student applicant by considering multiple factors. These factors include educational components of academic success, professional and volunteer experiences, and other qualities and characteristics valued within the profession of nursing. One of our objectives is have our student population better reflect the communities they serve.

Integrated Nursing Pathway

The Integrated Nursing Pathway (INP) is a unique educational opportunity that facilitates entrance into the nursing profession for students registered at one of three local community colleges. At the CU College of Nursing, students in the INP program account for approximately 72% of students from underrepresented populations. Listed below is a quick look at the demographics of the INP program:

  • 60% of the INP students are from ethnically diverse backgrounds
  • 34% are first generation college students
  • 12% of the INP students are male
  • 8.2% identify as having English as a second language

Diversity Organizations and Resour​​ces