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Diversity & Inclusion

Resources for Students & Educators

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.

BSN students at CTEN

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Diversity and Inclusion in Our Curriculum

School of Nursing courses with a social justice focus include 510, 437, and 702.

Diversity and Inclusion for Faculty Development

The Inclusive Excellence in Nursing Certificate for Faculty and Staff is forthcoming. More details available Fall 2019.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Nursing Resources

See our list of resources for understanding diversity in nursing. We can help connect you with other resources that you need.

STREAM Program for Native American Nursing Students

Success Through Recruitment/Retention, Engagement, and Mentorship is a program in the UW-Madison School of Nursing designed to help Native American students attain their goal of becoming professional nurses. STREAM students will receive peer support, mentorship, academic and financial support.

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Lawton Undergraduate Minority Retention Grant

The Lawton Grant was established to increase the retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students and reduce their loan indebtedness post-graduation. The award can range from $1,000 to $3,000 per academic year, with a maximum of 8 semesters of eligibility.

Multicultural Student Nurse Organization

The Multicultural Student Nurse Organization (MSNO) is a student-founded and -directed organization dedicated to improving students of color’s experiences, expertise, and preparedness for succeeding in nursing curriculum and professions and for caring for patients of all backgrounds across care settings.

People Program at SoN

The School of Nursing works with the PEOPLE (Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence) each summer by participating in a health care high school internship and a middle school nursing career exploration workshop. PEOPLE High School and Middle School students learn the roles nurses play through clinical internships, simulation labs, field trips, and interactive activities.

PRIDE in Healthcare

PRIDE in Healthcare is an interdisciplinary health sciences student organization dedicated to improving the healthcare conditions for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and other sexual orientation and/or gender identity minority (LGBTQ+) people. Nurses as well as nursing students, faculty and staff can play an important role in advancing health for the LGBTQ+ community as healthcare providers and patient advocates.

Additional Campus Resources


  • AHANA (African, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American)-MAPS Pre-Health Society is a student organization to help achieve a well-rounded perspective of the healthcare field, enriching experiences, and community service opportunities.
  • The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center: Supporting LGBTQ+ students and their communities is a unit of the Division of Student Life
  • The Multicultural Student Center strengthens and sustains an inclusive campus.


Mathew Trapp, accelerated BSN graduate


Inclusion Across Campus


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.

Mel Freitag, PhD

Diversity Officer


(608) 263-5273

5117 Signe Skott Cooper Hall

Haley Burkhardt

STREAM Coordinator



4204 Signe Skott Cooper Hall