Diversity & Inclusion

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At the UIC College of Nursing, diversity is more than a concept or a core value; it's a conscious and consistent behavior by which we strive to ensure everyone here feels a sense of belonging.

Official Statement on Equity and Inclusion

The UIC College of Nursing wants to make clear: There is no room for racism in our institution; in our profession; in healthcare; in our country, our neighborhoods, schools or workplaces; nor in any dimension of society. The College of Nursing is committed to condemning racism in all its forms and supporting education, policies and practices that advocate for equity and social justice for all people.

As nurses, we know that structural racism is a social determinant of health with devastating consequences for individuals and communities impacted by it. Many social groups and communities experience structural barriers to the realization of their full human potential and these barriers must be removed. In addition to structural racism, anti-Black racism must be confronted and eliminated. For the past 400 years, Black people have been subjected to pervasive violations of their human rights.  After the elimination of slavery, Black people in this country have continued to experience human rights violations in the form of discrimination, segregation, social and economic marginalization, and state sponsored violence in the form of police brutality. The UIC College of Nursing stands in solidarity with the efforts of Black Lives Matter to eliminate structural and anti-Black racism and to create a more just and equal society for all.

The UIC College of Nursing is committed to equity; inclusivity; increasing the diversity of our faculty, staff and student body; and incorporating teaching, practice and scholarship focused on the moral and ethical principles that found the nursing profession. We are dedicated to strengthening our alliance with and support of all individuals and communities at risk of marginalization and/or violence including Black, Brown, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ persons, religious minorities, immigrants and the differently abled. We invite all of you who are a part of the UIC College of Nursing community to join us in striving for equity and justice for all people, in keeping us all accountable to our mission, and in creating a learning environment that is safe and supportive for all.

Updated June 4, 2020

Resources for students, faculty and staff

College of Nursing Diversity Strategic Plan: Goals and Strategies

The University of Illinois at Chicago defines diversity as, “the totality of the ways people are similar and different, including race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation and identity, disability, national origin and citizenship status, age, language, culture, religion, and economic status, particularly when those similarities and differences are used as a basis for unfair advantage and inequity.”  The goals in our diversity strategic plan are based on multiple sources of data including the College of Nursing Diversity Strategic Thinking document and the university document, “Through the Lens of Diversity.”

A Mosaic for UIC Transformation

Compiled by UIC’s Diversity Strategic Thinking and Planning Committee, “A Mosaic for UIC Transformation” is a statement of priorities, goals and actions that will position diversity as fundamental to all campus activities. “A Mosaic for UIC Transformation” embraces our vision of a campus where each individual member, through academic excellence, realizes her or his full capacity for creativity, innovation and service.

Through the Lens of Diversity

This report shares with the UIC community the conclusions and recommendations for action of the Diversity Strategic Thinking and Planning Committee.