Undergraduate students recite a ceremonial oath during orientation

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Changing U.S. demographics, diversity-focused health care systems and persistent health inequities — both domestic and international — are the forces that spurred an initiative accelerating and expanding our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. 

Led by Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Sandra Davis, our strategic and evaluation plans are centered on the themes of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice and are tailored to focus on four areas: leadership and accountability; recruitment and retention; social transformation; and education, research, scholarship and service.

Diversity Statement

We cultivate excellence in teaching and learning, research and service through equal access to resources, opportunities and advancement for all members of our community. We foster a culture in which we acknowledge, discuss and address privilege to increase success among marginalized people. Our community commits to engaging in the dynamic process of promoting equity and social justice.

  • Sandra Davis - Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Kimberly Acquaviva
  • Erin Athey
  • Evette Becker
  • David Biglari
  • Kristen Cabrera
  • Karen Dawn
  • Maritza Dowling
  • Adriana Glenn
  • Dana Hines
  • Karen Kesten
  • Jenny McCauley
  • Karen Wyche
  • Christine Yeh
  • October 24, 2017 – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Town Hall Meeting
  • October 25, 2017 – Launch of the Diversity Climate Surveys for Students, Faculty and Staff
  • January 31, 2018 – Diversity Retreat

Acquaviva, K., and Mintz, M.  (2010). Are we teaching racial profiling?: The dangers of subjective determinations of race and ethnicity in case presentations. Academic Medicine, 85 (4): 702-705. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/20354391/

Davis, S. & Chapa, D. (2015). Social determinants of health: Knowledge to effective action for change. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 11(4), 424-429. http://www.npjournal.org/article/S1555-4155(15)00100-2/abstract

Wyche, K. F., & Miles-Cohen, S. (in press). SES, social class, subjective social status and subjective well-being: Examples of women’s  appraisals of their health and work. In C. Travis & J. White (Eds). Handbook of the psychology of women. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association

Early Exposure to Careers in Nursing

Assistant Director of Admissions Evette Becker and Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Sandra Davis, both members of the Diversity Council, spoke to students in the AVID Program at Holmes Middle School in Alexandria, Virginia, about college admissions and diversity. 

"Meeting with the 7th and 8th grade AVID students at Holmes Middle School was a fantastic opportunity, not only for the students to meet with higher education professionals, but a chance for us to experience first-hand the importance of engaging with students who are likely to be the first people in their family to go to college," Becker said. "The wide-eyed, excited expressions on these student's faces when they got to hear about the admissions process and the nursing profession made the entire experience worth it to me!"


"It is important that students are educated in learning environments that are representative of the diverse population they will serve and where their assumptions are challenged and perspectives broadened."

Dr. Sandra Davis

Assistant Dean
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion