Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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.

A group of students from different backgrounds in formal attire at a celebration with red balloons spelling MNO Student leaders of Penn Nursing's Minorities in Nursing Organization (MNO) celebrate their accomplishments at the 2024 Annual Red and White Ball.

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

“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.”

New, National Leadership Role for Penn Nursing Professor is a First

Penn Nursing’s Sharon Y. Irving, PhD, CRNP, FCCM, FAAN, FASPEN, is the first nurse, nurse practitioner, and woman of African-American heritage to be elected Vice President of ASPEN, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. Her term begins June 1, 2024. Irving, Irving, who was recently promoted to full Professor effective July 1, is also the Miriam Stirl Endowed Term Chair in Nutrition, and Vice-Chair of Graduate Education in the Department of Family and Community Health.

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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.

After 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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