A diverse collection of students getting to know each other in class.

Inclusive Excellence

Our Commitment

The School of Nursing actively fosters an environment that welcomes diversity among its students, faculty, and staff. Awareness of diversity and promotion of inclusivity is infused into our curricula, social and educational events, and resources and services for students, faculty, and staff.

We embrace a definition of diversity that acknowledges the intersection of multiple factors, perspectives, and identities, which include but are not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, nationality, religion, age, and physical characteristics.

Our tradition of integrated research and practice focuses on the needs of those whose health status or social condition leaves them vulnerable or places them at risk. Our collaborative innovations increase the diversity of participation in healthcare research, promote sharing of diverse interprofessional perspectives, provide tools to support those working with vulnerable populations, and enhance community engagement.

Understanding diversity is an ongoing process that involves lifelong learning, and we believe that this continued learning is crucial to improving health, ensuring equity, and providing a positive, supportive climate in which all individuals are welcome.


A compilation of websites, articles, and documents for download to support understanding of diversity issues, health equity, allyship, and more.

Photo of a diverse group of students working together in groups in one of our Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs).


Haley Burkhardt

Stream Coordinator



4204 Signe Skott Cooper Hall

Mel Freitag, PhD

Diversity Officer


(608) 263-5273

5173 Signe Skott Cooper Hall