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Mission

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion’s mission is to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for the College of Nursing’s students, faculty, and staff. We are committed to promoting the essential values of diversity, equity, and inclusion through services, outreach, and consultation. The office works with constituents, both internal and external, to fulfill the mission and build a culture that celebrates diversity.

Commitment to Diversity

The College of Nursing embraces diversity, equity and inclusion as core values in both its mission and vision. We believe that the understanding and appreciation of diversity is fundamental for building the next generation of culturally sensitive nurses prepared to work with diverse communities.

Penn State Statement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion in the College of Nursing fully supports Penn State’s Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

At Penn State:

  • We will foster and maintain a safe environment of respect and inclusion for faculty, staff, students, and members of the communities we serve.
  • We will educate our faculty, staff, and students to besocial justice advocates, creatively providing curricula, programs, and environments that reflect the diversity of our communities, and elevate cultural awareness.
  • We will ensure fair and inclusive access to our facilities, programs, resources, and services, and ensure that all of our policies and practices are inclusive and equitable.
  • We will advance and build our workforce by assessing hiring practices and performance review procedures to attract, retain, and develop talented faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.
  • We will address intergroup disparities in areas such as representation, retention, learning outcomes, and graduation rates.
Support and Services

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion upholds the mission by providing:

  • Advocacy for underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff.
  • Support for academic, personal, career, and financial related matters through individual or group meetings.
  • A welcoming and safe atmosphere for dialogues, networking and community building.
  • Guidance and referrals to resources within the college, the university, and local community.
  • Relevant information on engaged scholarship opportunities, leadership development and scholarship exploration.
  • Enrichment workshops on diverse topics that foster educational, professional, and cultural growth.
  • A variety of programming that further the understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Support and expansion of efforts within the college that celebrate diversity, culture and heritage.
  • Leadership to the College on initiatives for recruitment and retention of underrepresented graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and staff.
  • Consultation and resources for administration, faculty and staff.
  • Collaboration opportunities with external stakeholders.

Resources

Undergraduate Students
Academic and Personal Support Resources:
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources:
Financial Support Resources:
Graduate Students
Academic and Personal Support Resources:
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources:
Financial Support Resources:
Faculty and Staff
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources:
Reporting Concerns:
Professional Diversity Nursing Resources

Connection with resources beyond the University for professional development and engagement is highly encouraged.  Explore the many national organizations and initiatives that promote and advance diversity and inclusion listed below:

American Assembly for Men in Nursing

Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association, Inc.

MinorityNurse.com

National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association, Inc.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Inc.

National Black Nurses Association (NBNA)

National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations (NCEMNA)

Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc. (PNAA)

Transcultural Nursing Society

Black Nurses Rock

Contact Us

Tina Thomas,
Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
College of Nursing
The Pennsylvania State University
222 Nursing Sciences Building
814-863-6207
tct2@psu.edu