Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Center for Antiracism in Nursing

“There is much work to do to become antiracist, not just as a society, but as a school, a university, a profession and a community. As the cornerstone for healthcare and advocates for the communities they serve, nurses are in the ideal position to do this work. The need to end racism is long overdue and nurses must do their part.”  –Executive Dean Azita Emami

Systemic racism has for generations undermined the health of individuals and communities across America, and clearly is a public health crisis.

Recognizing that nurses play a central role in and hold major responsibility for the health of individuals and communities hit hard by historic racial inequity, the University of Washington School of Nursing is establishing the Center for Antiracism in Nursing. To shape the center and determine its priorities, listening sessions will be held scheduled in the near future to hear the interests of faculty, staff, students, alumni, nurse leaders, healthcare institutions, community organizations and professional associations.

Among the areas the center will explore are:

  • Cultivating antiracist teaching practices, academic curriculum and professional development
  • Promoting community-driven and partnered research
  • Supporting students from underrepresented and historically excluded groups
  • Applying antiracist principles to clinical practice, organizational operations and health-related policy

The school’s long-term vision for the center is for it to serve as a nationally recognized hub that transforms nursing training, practice and research as well as influences health and public policy in ways that are guided by antiracism as a fundamental principle.

Creation of the center reflects goals of the school’s broader diversity, equity and inclusion strategic action plan, launched in 2016, that lays out a framework to advance and imbue diversity, equity, and inclusion within learning, research, and practice settings.

If you have questions or want more information about the Center for Antiracism in Nursing, please e-mail sondei@uw.edu.

The announcement about the establishment of the Center for Antiracism in Nursing can be found on the DEI News feed.

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