At the School of Nursing, we are committed to fostering an environment that supports all individuals and values diversity, inclusion and equity. These elements are fundamental to our core values of integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect for diverse backgrounds and opinions, and excellence.
As nurses who pledge to provide care for all human beings, we must take a stand against this structural and systemic racism that is ingrained in every aspect of our society. Read UB School of Nursing's statement.
The School of Nursing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion invites discussion and input on the ideals listed below. These bulleted items should be viewed in a Structure (diversity), Process (inclusion) and Outcome (equity) frame.
The committee will work within the University at Buffalo concept of Inclusive Excellence.
Inclusive Excellence is a comprehensive approach that integrates inclusivity into all aspects of university operations and creates a culture of shared responsibility in which all members of the university community are integral to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment.
The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion facilitates the promotion and evolution of initiatives that address diversity and inclusion. This committee has monthly meetings and includes three faculty, three staff, and a minimum of two students. The faculty-staff unity and collaboration is palpable in the committee. The presence of the Multicultural Nursing Student Association is also valued.
Diversity grand rounds were initiated in the Fall of 2017. These educational, interactive sessions address issues of diversity and inclusion – especially those relevant for academic health campus community members. Well-known internal and external guest speakers deliver the primary content of the grand rounds, followed by interactive discussion.
Sessions have addressed topics such as multi-generational trauma in American Indians and policy and advocacy for transgender students in both health care and recreation/athletic settings.
The Diversity Grand Rounds series will continue, with the aim of presenting at least one session annually, with invitations extended to academic health campus and other decanal units. The SON School of Dental Medicine diversity officers have met and agreed to collaborate, expand and continue Diversity Grand Rounds.
The simplest processes are able to infuse inclusion and inspire others. A visual diversity and inclusion presence in the decanal unit is vital to our shared mission and vision. Part of the diversity and inclusion showcase includes “Acceptance Practiced Here” signs and pins being offered to faculty and staff to promote LGBTQ awareness. Dean Lewis has also provided the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion with a dedicated showcase that will highlight diversity and inclusion themes and initiatives regularly. Photos, stories, and artifacts are showcased attractively.
The School of Nursing complies with all non-discrimination policies of the University at Buffalo.