A critical piece of advancing racial, social and health equity is to create education that is transforming. M2M includes implementing a holistic admissions process for all academic programs, training current and future health professionals to create an anti-racist and anti-biased workforce, and advancing future careers in science and technology among underrepresented groups.
The School of Nursing (DUSON) Strategic Plan's People & Environment pillar outlines goals and strategies to address challenges associated with diversity and inclusion. Several goals and strategies are identified as priorities, including:
- Advance all dimensions of diversity and inclusiveness as essential components of excellence at DUSON
- Cultivate a culture that recognizes and respects the contributions and role of every individual at DUSON
DUSON's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, along with its advisory committee, the Faculty Governance Association (FGA) Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and several strategic plan committees have worked to advance these strategies and recognize that opportunities exist for the challenges that remain.
DUSON’s newly-formed Racial Justice Task Force convened to specifically address racial justice at DUSON and is continuing to examine educational, research and administrative practices within the school that disadvantage individuals and groups from equitable access, successful advancement, and feeling a sense of belonging. Twenty-six students, faculty and staff were invited as active participants with the goal to develop preliminary racial justice recommendations. The planning team defined racial injustice, developed guiding principles, and outlined the process and timeline for phased implementation.