Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

School of Nursing

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As Dr. Clara E. Bell recognized 40 years ago, systemic racism is still pervasive in healthcare and nursing. The Purdue School of Nursing (NUR) acknowledges the amount of work still to be done in this field, and we strive to carry on the legacy left by NUR’s first Black professor. 

Our Mission

Nursing stands at the intersectionality of healthcare and social justice. Nursing knowledge, research and practice must be anchored in acceptance and cultural humility. The Purdue University School of Nursing represents the communities we serve and upholds the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). We promote a safe environment to ensure the human dignity of all.

What We Are Doing

We have created a council aimed at eliminating systemic racism and promoting DEI for our students, faculty, staff, and community. Watch the short video to see how the Purdue School of Nursing is committed to serving our community in all of its diversity.

DEI Committees

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Associate Professor

DEI Committee Members



  • Kim Phillips

Undergraduate students

  • Linh Thanh Nguyen
  • Alia L Johnson

Graduate Students

  • Daniel Arturo Guerrero
  • Lucy Helena Pickett

Purdue School of Nursing DEI Council Principles

Create a School of Nursing Diversity Council comprised of students, faculty, and staff that will guide and advise faculty and leadership on strategies and policies that supports:

  • Listening when our colleagues and students talk about how race, systemic racism, or bias affects them – hear and acknowledge their experience.
  • Fostering discussion and soliciting input about diversity issues from students, staff, and faculty in the School of Nursing.
  • Providing recommendations on advancing our curriculum and experiential learning that promotes the culture of social justice, equity, and inclusion knowledge, understanding, and practice.
  • Championing and affirming a safe environment of respect and inclusion for faculty, staff, students, and members of the communities we serve.
  • Educating our faculty, staff, and students to be social justice advocates, creatively providing curricula, programs, and environments that reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and elevate human kindness.
  • Ensuring fair and inclusive access to our facilities, programs, resources, and services, and requiring that all of our policies and practices are inclusive and equitable.
  • Building capacity to sustain long-term growth in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Cultivating an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated as a strength of the School of Nursing.
  • Developing and communicating policies and values that denounce systemic racism, intolerance and discrimination.

DEI Programs and Learning

As a student in the School of Nursing, you’ll have a variety of opportunities to grow your diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) knowledge within your field of study, from courses with a DEI emphasis to department-specific DEI programming.

Undergraduate Students

Courses with emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion

  • NUR 220 – Essentials of Nursing Practice II
  • NUR 222 – Population Health
  • NUR 314 – Health Alterations in Adults I
  • NUR 317 – Health Alterations in Adults II
  • NUR 410 – Issues in Professional Nursing
  • NUR 414 – Pediatric Nursing
  • NUR 415 – Public Health Nursing

Graduate Students


Courses with an emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion

  • NUR 505 – Sociocultural Influences on Health
  • NUR 512 – Clinical Application of Pharmacotherapeutics
  • NUR 515 – Health Promotion in Pediatric Populations
  • NUR 529 – Acute Illness: Pediatric Health Preceptorship
  • NUR 611 – Primary Care of the Young Family
  • NUR 632 – Health Policy: Local to Global
  • NUR 680 – DNP Cognate Residency: Direct Practice/Systems Management


In their persistent pursuit of improving health and well-being, many faculty members in the School of Nursing specialize in topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion across a variety of research areas.

The following faculty have research interests and expertise in DEI:

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are core to the mission and values of HHS.

Learn More About Our Initiatives

Contact Us

For questions, concerns or to learn more about diversity, equity and inclusion in the School of Nursing, please reach out to nursDEI@purdue.edu.