Equity and Inclusion

Commitment to Diversity

UC College of Nursing is working to close the health gap in current disparities in partnership with the Academic Health Center, which includes the colleges of allied health sciences, medicine, nursing and pharmacy. Through student pipeline programs, innovative practices, and strategic partnerships in the surrounding community, we are working to embrace diversity in the fullest sense. In diversifying our pool of students and enhancing their academic and extra-curricular experiences, the college strives to infuse the field of nursing with culturally competent and diverse individuals.

Our Position Statement

The College of Nursing Committee for Equity and Inclusive Excellence has the mission to be a change catalyst for a culture of inclusive excellence. Inclusive excellence means that we support all individuals regardless of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or other characteristics. Nursing as a discipline sees everyone as a holistic being taking into account physical, spiritual, and mental dimensions that make each person unique. Nursing is a caring profession, providing care for all people including those who are most vulnerable. Education is at the heart of what we do in the College of Nursing. As such we encourage everyone to educate yourself and others, stay engaged, teach acceptance, and act by supporting those who are vulnerable (Southern Law Poverty Center, 2017). This is aligned with the core values of the College of Nursing and its vision of “Through creative leveraging of technology and inclusive excellence, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing will lead the transformation of health care in partnership informed by the people we serve.”
UC Nurses. We See Leaders.

Transformation of Mission-based Health Care through Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into the Third Century

This project aims to bolster diversity in the health care workforce and eliminate health disparities in urban communities  by identifying, testing and adopting evidence-based strategies and tools.

The project is funded by a grant from the University of Cincinnati as part of its Creating our Third Century vision and extends for three years the work of the Urban Universities for Health Equity through Alignment, Leadership and Transformation of the Healthcare Workforce (UU HEALTH), which started in 2012.

Project Goals:

1. UC will work in collaboration with community stakeholders to develop a health workforce that increases access to health care and the opportunity for optimal health for all in the local urban community.

2. UC will produce students who are culturally competent to ensure the local health care workforce has the background, qualities, and skills to serve community needs and decrease health disparities in the local urban community.

3. UC will increase the educational opportunity for talented and diverse students to be recruited in order to graduate a health care workforce that reflects the diversity of the population in the local urban community.

These goals are part of the university's 2019 Academic Master Plan. To learn more about the UC master plan, visit president.uc.edu/thirdcentury.

Leadership 2.0: Nursing's Next Generation Program

Through Leadership 2.0, the College of Nursing seeks to increase the number of underrepresented (URE) students admitted to its traditional BSN program through academic and extra-curricular enhancements. Through specifically tailored programs, financial/social support, and community partnerships, Leadership 2.0 immerses students in a learning environment specifically designed to enrich their undergraduate experiences and produce culturally competent and diverse nursing graduates.

Learn more about Leadership 2.0

2017 College Student Diversity

2013–2017 College of Nursing Student Gender