Our Commitment

We’ve joined forces with the other schools at Penn to promote diversity and inclusivity in ways that make our community better for all who study here.

We are working to increase the diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives among our incoming classes at all levels, and continuing to grow that same diversity among our faculty through both local and global outreach efforts. We envision an environment that thrives on the diversity we cultivate here, and we invite anyone interested to become involved with our efforts.

Our Diversity Action Plan

There are four main tenets of our diversity action plan:

  • To change the face of academic nursing so that it reflects our global society.
  • To foster a climate that attracts, retains, and promotes a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives among our faculty members.
  • To make our school a preeminent model of diversity and inclusivity among top-tier institutions.
  • To support the integration of inclusivity, social justice, gender sensitivity, and cultural knowledge into nursing science, education, and practice.

Download the full plan (PDF)

Diversity and Inclusivity Advisory Committee

The Diversity and Inclusivity Advisory Committee (DIAC) serves as an advisory committee to the Dean and also as a catalyst for creating an inclusive School of Nursing environment.

Heather Kelley, Co-Chair
Deputy Director, RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars Past Chair, Penn Professional Staff Assembly

Angelarosa Didonato, Co-Chair
Associate Program Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program

Dionysia Petrakis, Administration Representative
Program Coordinator of Biobehavioral Health Sciences

Eleanor A Burke, Administration Representative
Program Coordinator of Family and Community Health

Sydney Edelson, Administration Representative
Program Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Community Engagement

Lucia Dinapoli, Administration Representative
Assistant Dean, Office of the Dean

Recent News

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.

Read MoreFinding Solutions for Burnout Among Nurses of Color

Contact

For general questions
diversity@nursing.upenn.edu

Diversity and Inclusivity Committee
nur_diac@nursing.upenn.edu