Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The faculty and staff of the School of Nursing acknowledge the pain, frustration, anger, and grief the BIPOC community has experienced and is still experiencing today at the University of Portland.  We commit to upholding antiracist policies, correcting any inequitable application of policies, continuing to provide trainings to advance equity, and engaging in radical listening within our School. We acknowledge that we have much work to do to dismantle racism and ignorance within our community and remain fully committed to this work. 

We will take action in ways that are consistent with the message issued by University of Portland leadership on June 12, 2020. Indeed, we will:

  • Improve the recruitment, retention and support of BIPOC students. This will involve reviewing the current policies within our School and amplifying those voices who are or feel silenced and unheard.
  • Remain fully committed to meeting our School’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals with shared accountability to the University.
  • Continue providing learning opportunities for the faculty and staff of the School of Nursing grounded in racial and social justice that will create a culture of equity and inclusivity. 

The School of Nursing commits to the development of an action plan to build a more inclusive community and to address inequities; the development of such a plan will take place through a process in which everyone feels affirmed, validated and safe within our School. We will soon share more details, and we recognize this is only the first step toward actions for change. 

Please continue to share your stories. We have created a new email address EquityInNursing@up.edu and invite you to send your thoughts, recommendations, and experiences. The email will be monitored only by a limited number of BIPOC staff of the School of Nursing who will bring your thoughts forward to leadership. We want to amplify your voices because they will be listened to and have power at UP. We will work even harder to advocate for our students; to ensure that they are heard and represented on our campus and to ensure the School of Nursing is a safe and welcoming place for every student.