Racial and Social Justice Statement

DON Racial and Social Justice Webinar Flyer


The Department of Nursing is committed to addressing racial and social injustice.

  • We recognize that racism and white supremacy is embedded in the structure of America and in the foundation of nursing.
  • We understand that it is our duty to examine our practice and work to dismantle structural racism and oppression.
  • We are horrified by and denounce the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Aubrey, and countless other named and unnamed Black, Indigenous and People of Color.
  • We support and stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and activists who seek to dismantle anti-Black racism, inequity, and oppression.
  • We recognize the disparate health outcomes and inequities caused by racism and other systems of oppression.
  • We embrace the opportunity to advocate for health equity and eliminate disparate health outcomes.
  • We find the disparate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color to be unacceptable and commit to being a part of the change needed to ensure social, racial, and environmental injustice.
  • We understand that structural racism contributes to the lack of diversity in the nursing workforce.
  • We strive to create an inclusive learning environment that welcomes, honors, respects, and nurtures diverse students.
  • We commit to supporting students to understand their role in calling out injustice and contribute to solutions to eliminate racist and biased practices within health systems. It is our goal to prepare antiracist nurses who provide just and culturally informed care for the people and communities they serve.

Faculty in the Department of Nursing have a responsibility to be a part of dismantling racism and other systems of oppression. Therefore, we commit ourselves to actively learning and developing individually and collectively. In the next year, we will be engaged in learning about how nursing contributes to oppression and how to be fully engaged antiracist nurse educators. We will be using our acquired knowledge to evaluate the way our policies, processes, and curricula create barriers, foster inequity, and contribute to ongoing racism in the United States. We welcome feedback about how we can improve our practice and education. We will listen to and be informed by people who experience oppression while taking responsibility for our own learning.

Anti-racism Resource Guide