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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mission at the College of Nursing: 

At the College of Nursing, we believe diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical to fulfill our commitment to improving the health of communities, families, and individuals. We recognize individuals have multiple identities that affect their perceptions and experiences. We value the intersectionality of these identities, which may include race, ethnicity, gender identity and/or expression, age, religion, nationality, culture, perspective, ability, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Including and engaging a community of students, faculty, and staff that reflects the diversity of our local, national, and global society is essential to the success of the mission of the College of Nursing.

Our commitment requires us to examine both individual and systemic factors affecting diversity, equity and inclusion in the learning environment and broader community. As catalysts for optimizing health through nurse-led care, we cultivate and empower a diverse body of nursing leaders who have the tools needed to build a more equitable, healthier society. We seek and nurture partnerships with individuals and organizations that promote diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the state of Tennessee, nationally, and globally.


For additional information about Diversity and Inclusion at the College of Nursing please reach out to Kim Brown, director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at