DEI Lunch & Learn Event

Ofrenda Build with DEI and Future Voices

Ofrenda Build with DEI and Future Voices

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

As nurses and members of a health professions school and medical campus, we must respect all peoples from all backgrounds. Let us stand against hatred of any kind, denounce discrimination, and reject the racism, anger and hatred that drives some to destroy others.

Elias Provencio-Vasquez

RN, PhD, Dean/Professor

Our goal is to prepare nurses who reflect the communities they serve and are culturally responsive, demonstrating cultural humility, in order to provide compassionate, person-centered care. We are committed to stand against all forms of discrimination and oppression in support of any minoritized, under-represented, and marginalized community. We condemn xenophobia, violence and all myriad of ways difference is exploited, both systemically and individually. We commit to taking actions that promote respect and dignity, rights granted to every human being, and to celebrating the uniqueness and diversity of all humans. We also commit to unlearning deep root biases that cloud our judgment on a daily basis.

  1. We believe health and wellbeing of body, mind, and spirit are basic human rights that should be afforded to all persons without equivocation
  2. We believe all people deserve affordable, high quality health care, irrespective of any of their minoritized or privileged identities
  3. We actively advocate for access to healthcare so all people can enjoy their highest attainable standard of health conducive to living a life in dignity.
  4. We commit to the acknowledgement of health inequities, through actively addressing and working toward the elimination of health disparities
  5. We oppose oppression and discrimination in any form and commit to advocacy for policies and programs at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels that reveal and protect the health promotion needs of marginalized, underserved, and underrepresented persons
  6. We commit to anti-oppressive and anti-racist practice; exposing, naming, and intervening in structural racism and other oppressive structures.
  7. We condemn racism, heterosexism, transmisia, ageism, ableism, sexism, and all forms of discrimination, xenophobia and violence, and will act to peacefully to protect society’s most vulnerable from threats, coercion, intimidation, and brutality
  8. We know health is uniquely tied to a person’s environment and, to that end, are committed  to exploring the complexities of persons in their environment, including effects of environmental exposure that contributes to and exacerbates health disparities, most specifically for minoritized communities
  9. We believe in reproductive justice for women and transgender men/non binary persons, to have full control over their bodies, their healthcare services, as well as, the right to choose to have, or not have children, and parent children in communities that are safe and equitable.
  10. We believe all persons have the right to express gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and sexuality freely
  11. We support a holistic approach to health and wellness driven by scientific knowledge and informed by evidenced based solutions.
  12. We approach all persons needing care with cultural humility, striving for understanding, in order to provide culturally responsive care rooted in compassion and awareness.
  13. We prepare nurses who reflect the communities they serve and are culturally responsive, demonstrating cultural humility, in order to provide compassionate, person-centered care.

Boldly Transforming Health Together

The College of Nursing recognizes that Boldly Transforming Health is inextricably linked to a fundamental and integral commitment to Diversitytooltip, Equitytooltip, and Inclusiontooltip (DEI).
It is a commitment to critical consciousness in teaching, research, and scholarship, clinical care, operational practices, and service to the community.

Diversity Organizations and Resour​​ces

Actions the College is Taking:

  • Faculty/Staff/Student Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee has experienced a significant resurgence with increased participation across the College. Meeting regularly, the Committee hosts regular meetings and guest speakers to help staff, faculty and students become better educated on the topic.
  • Ongoing Faculty and Staff Training utilizing resources from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The trainings include monthly programming and suggested reading. 155 courses have been completed by CU Nursing staff and faculty from the Office of Equity's DEI Certificate program.
  • Hiring Practices -- HR requires consistent re-training on the search committee process for anyone who serves on a search committee to ensure awareness of the process, including possible impacts of implicit bias. HR also provides available options for additional training related to DEI for all search committee members (options available through SKillSoft and LinkedIn Learning)
  • Curriculum Development -- faculty is currently analyzing content for their courses with an eye to diversity, equity and inclusion and revamping syllabi. In addition, the College is creating a faculty position to focus on curricular change concerning DEI.
  • College Leadership -- participated in an introductory forum in which Dr. Regina Richards, Associate Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement addressed diversity best-practices, existing campus resources and future DEI training opportunities.
  • Hiring -- the College is in the process of hiring a new Director of Admissions and Student Affairs to focus on DEI related to students.
  • Clinical Instructor Theresa Nino, RN, MSN, is representing our College on the Anschutz Medical Campus Chancellor's Diversity Equity Inclusion and Community Engagement Leadership Council.
  • Student Recruitment / Inclusive Admission Process -- the College is committed to creating a diverse student population, as a result we have incorporated a more holistic approach to admissions. In addition, the College has developed a unique educational opportunity -- Integrated Nursing Pathway (INP) --that facilitates entrance into the nursing profession for students registered at one of three local community colleges. Students in the INP track account for approximately 72% of students from under-represented populations.
  • Scholarships -- we will continue to honor DEI by awarding student scholarships. The College has raised and distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for diverse, under-represented and minority students. This year, a new scholarship was developed by midwifery faculty.
  • Established a website page on DEI efforts with updates.

These efforts are a start, but by no means are they comprehensive. Our pledge is to continue to fight against racism, oppression, and hatred by supporting DEI efforts through programming, education, staffing and curricular changes.

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