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See Yourself as a CU Nurse

You Belong in Nursing

At the CU College of Nursing, we welcome people of all backgrounds and identities. We are committed to diversifying our profession to reflect who we serve, people from many different walks of life.

Our vision starts at the top — with Dean Eli at the helm, a first-generation college student and male Hispanic nurse, and extends to our remarkable students, faculty and staff.

Ready to boldly transform the future of health? Join us.

Our Student Body

1 in 4 students

identify as male or their gender identity is unknown

1 in 4 students

identify as part of a racial or ethnic minority group

*Total CU Nursing student enrollment, Fall 2023 census, CU Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Get to Know Dean Eli

Being a male in nursing in the ’70s and ’80s was a challenge and an opportunity. I look back now and I see that the University of Arizona was proud of the fact that I was the first Latino male to earn a PhD in nursing... Being first is a good feeling because it opened the doors for others to follow.

- Elias Provencio-Vasquez PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP


Voices for An Inclusive Future:
Students Leading the Way

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Jessica Dean with I am a CU Nurse sign

Why Choose CU Nursing?

I wanted to go to a college that really understood and encompassed diversity. For me, that was huge. I just wanted to go somewhere where I'd be welcomed and encouraged.

– Jessica Dean, BSN, nurse-midwifery candidate

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