There is no one who, at some point in their lives, has not required the care of a nurse. With such a staggering breadth of diversity in the patient base we serve, it’s critical that the next generation of nurses not only reflect that diversity, but is sensitive to and skillful in serving whomever may walk through their doors.

Our commitment

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty, and staff with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

A supportive environment

You’ll find that everyone—from the Dean to the faculty to our students—support and advance our efforts to diversify our School and field.

Our Office of Equity and Inclusion is focused on bringing culturally sensitive knowledge into the classroom, while providing resources to foster the success of all students.

Get involved

We bring students, faculty, and staff together on our Diversity and Inclusivity Advisory Committee to share perspectives and provide leadership in steering School policy, curriculum, and support for diversity initiatives.

By paying careful attention to diversity in nursing science and education, our goal is to instill in our students the capacity to provide the highest level of care to all people.

Cultural Resource Centers

Diversity at Penn

Student Organizations

Get to know Penn Nursing’s diverse student community by joining one of our student organizations devoted to members of underrepresented groups.

Penn Nursing Student Organizations

  • <div class="lw_blurbs_title">Karen Celestine, RN, CCN, BSN, MPH</div><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> “Since joining the program, I have found clarified purpose, developed lifelong scholarly friendships with peers and mentors, and set my expectations beyond what I ever thought possible. Penn Nursing has provided financial support and unique opportunities that allow me to have a balanced academic-personal life.”</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_title">Briana Morgan, MSN, CRN</div><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> “Because of the high-quality content in the program, I had a strong grasp of the key issues and topics in palliative care that were relevant to nursing practice and the field broadly. These skills were immediately relevant in my clinical practice and also prepared me to get involved in professional organizations and support practice change initiatives on a local and national level.”</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_title">James Ballinghoff, DNP, MBA, RN</div><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> “Since this program is designed for working professionals, I could balance my studies with the demands of my Chief Nursing Officer position.”</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_title">Elise Tarbi</div><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p><picture class="lw_image lw_image10680 lw_align_left"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/27/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/806,6,2348,1550/10680_Tarbi_Elise-Photo.rev.1586974545.JPG 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/27/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/806,6,2348,1550/10680_Tarbi_Elise-Photo.rev.1586974545.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/27/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/806,6,2348,1550/10680_Tarbi_Elise-Photo.rev.1586974545.JPG 3x"/> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/27/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/806,6,2348,1550/10680_Tarbi_Elise-Photo.rev.1586974545.JPG 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/27/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/806,6,2348,1550/10680_Tarbi_Elise-Photo.rev.1586974545.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/27/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/806,6,2348,1550/10680_Tarbi_Elise-Photo.rev.1586974545.JPG 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/27/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/806,6,2348,1550/10680_Tarbi_Elise-Photo.rev.1586974545.JPG 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/27/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/806,6,2348,1550/10680_Tarbi_Elise-Photo.rev.1586974545.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/27/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/806,6,2348,1550/10680_Tarbi_Elise-Photo.rev.1586974545.JPG 3x"/> <img width="200" height="200" alt="Tarbi, Elise" src="/live/image/gid/27/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/806,6,2348,1550/10680_Tarbi_Elise-Photo.rev.1586974545.JPG" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/27/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/806,6,2348,1550/10680_Tarbi_Elise-Photo.rev.1586974545.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/27/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/806,6,2348,1550/10680_Tarbi_Elise-Photo.rev.1586974545.JPG 3x" data-max-w="1542" data-max-h="1544" loading="lazy"/> </picture> <em>“Completing the Palliative Care Program at Penn Nursing introduced me to the evidence base and a framework for caring for individuals and families navigating serious illness that prepared me to practice as a critical care nurse and then a palliative care nurse practitioner. Further, the program - both the professors who taught my courses and classmates who I had the opportunity to learn alongside - inspired me to work to transform our system of care to prioritize the highest quality care during serious illness.”</em></p><p> –<strong>Elise Tarbi, PhD, MBE, CRNP, Nu’12 GNu’15, GR’20</strong><br/><a href="https://www.advancingexpertcare.org/emerging-leaders-award/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Recognized as Emerging Leaders in Palliative Care by the HPNF, 2022</a></p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_title">Christina Yee</div><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p><picture class="lw_image lw_image9550 lw_align_left"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,646,2133,2777/9550_Penn_Nursing_ad-166.rev.1561406069.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,646,2133,2777/9550_Penn_Nursing_ad-166.rev.1561406069.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,646,2133,2777/9550_Penn_Nursing_ad-166.rev.1561406069.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,646,2133,2777/9550_Penn_Nursing_ad-166.rev.1561406069.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,646,2133,2777/9550_Penn_Nursing_ad-166.rev.1561406069.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,646,2133,2777/9550_Penn_Nursing_ad-166.rev.1561406069.jpg 3x"/> <img width="250" height="250" alt="" data-decoration="true" src="/live/image/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,646,2133,2777/9550_Penn_Nursing_ad-166.rev.1561406069.jpg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,646,2133,2777/9550_Penn_Nursing_ad-166.rev.1561406069.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/27/width/250/height/250/crop/1/src_region/0,646,2133,2777/9550_Penn_Nursing_ad-166.rev.1561406069.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2133" data-max-h="3200" loading="lazy"/> </picture> Why did I choose Penn Nursing’s Accelerated program? I was immediately enticed by the School’s state of the art <a href="/academics/a-penn-nursing-education/learning-through-simulation/">simulation facilities</a>, the opportunities for a <a href="/global-health/student-opportunities/">global experience</a>, and the draw for an intellectually engaging educational experience. I also wanted to be part of a school that believed in fostering interdisciplinary partnerships, as I appreciate the diversity of perspectives other disciplines would add to my nursing experience. Choosing Penn Nursing’s ABSN program was the most efficient path for me as it offered me a BSN within 1.5 years, and the flexibility to complete my <a href="/family/">Family Nurse Practitioner Program</a> within 5 years time, which is critical in helping me develop my nursing expertise.</p><p> –Christina Yee</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_title">Julie Truong</div><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> Through challenging <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/academics/a-penn-nursing-education/learning-through-simulation/">simulations</a>, comprehensive lectures by experts in the topic, and <a href="https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/practice/practice-partners/">top clinical placements</a>, Penn Nursing provides tools for the student nurse to think critically and work cohesively in a team-based, patient-centered approach that translates to quality nursing care.</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_title">Brianna Garcia-Bissey, MSN, AGNP-C</div><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> “I fell in love with Penn and community nursing as an undergrad, so I applied to sub-matriculate into the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program. I was a recipient of the Advanced Nurses Educating Workforce Scholarship through HRSA, which provided additional education and training in the social determinants of health for future nurse practitioners in primary care. My time at Penn Nursing has given me knowledge, opportunity, and a voice I could have never imagined possible.”</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_title">Deena Kelly Costa, PhD, RN, FAAN</div><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> “The opportunity to train with leaders in this field has opened doors for me and has demonstrated to me how impactful a nursing research agenda can be to improving patient care and outcomes.”</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_title">Lisa Quinn, PhD, RN, AOCN</div><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> “It literally changed my life on many fronts, providing me with support and mentorship ‘to grow up’ as a researcher, and so much more.”</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_title">Azucena Villalobos</div><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> “As a daughter of Mexican immigrants, I was exposed firsthand to the social factors–such as language barriers and lack of education, insurance, and access to care–that disproportionately affect the health and wellbeing of underprivileged communities. As a nurse, I will work to close these gaps.”</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_title">June Treston, DNP, CRNP</div><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> “Each course has challenged me to think outside the box and has direct applicability to my current role as a clinician, educator, and leader. If you are interested in learning from the best, to become the best, choose Penn.”</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_title">Heather Bong, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC</div><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> “Throughout both my undergraduate and graduate careers at Penn, I cannot emphasize enough how invested the professors have been in my success. Not to mention the numerous elective classes and opportunities to take classes outside the School of Nursing.”</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_title">Morgan Bacon</div><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> “I enjoy how Penn fosters a new generation of change-makers by offering research opportunities to students as early as their first semester of college and continues to support students in opportunities like the President’s Engagement Prize.”</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_title">Joan Rosen Bloch, PhD, CRNP, FAAN</div><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> “CHOPR gave me a nursing research network to call upon for advice that has been critical when working in an academic unit.”</p></div>
  • <div class="lw_blurbs_title">M. Katherine Hutchinson, PhD, RN, FAAN</div><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p> “The training I received at CHOPR was life- and trajectory-altering. It has allowed me to pursue my own research agenda as well as training others to do the same.”<strong><br/></strong></p></div>
The Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing invited nursing practition...

Finding Solutions for Burnout Among Nurses of Color

The Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the School of Nursing brought together nurses and researchers for the Solutions to Health Inequities & Nurses’ Emotional Exhaustion Invitational.

Ater the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and the murder of George Floyd, J. Margo Brooks Carthon, the Tyson Family Endowed Term Chair for Gerontological Research, worked on a research study interviewing Black nurse practitioners in the greater Philadelphia area about their efforts to address inequities in care.

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Penn4C Announces Awardees for Community-led Partnership Grants

Penn Community Collaboratory for Co-Creation (Penn4C), an initiative led jointly by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) and the School of Engineering and Applied Science (Penn Engineering), has awarded funding to five new research projects that address social justice through designing and implementing solutions to improve health, well-being, and safety. In addition to the involvement of Penn faculty and students, the projects are required to have active and equitable representation of the community in which the project will be completed.

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Upcoming Events


    February 29 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Penn Nursing Alumni - NYC Happy Hour


    March 13 | 3:00pm - 4:30pm

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    Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in American History


    March 19 | 8:00am

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    a2 National Symposium: Empowering Innovation in AI/Tech + Aging


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