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Diversity & Inclusion

AACN is a primary advocate for advancing diversity and inclusivity within academic nursing.
Diversity in the News
  • New Bid to Overhaul College Admissions - Inside Higher Education

    January 22, 2018

    Editor Scott Jaschik profiles how a number of high school districts and a few states have moved to require high school students to complete more sophisticated projects to assess their eligibility for a high school diploma, and their preparation for college and the world of work. This new approach provides new ways for college admissions officers to determine student achievement and is used in some institutions to enhance efforts to admit and retain a more diverse group of students.

  • AACN Partners with 24 Nursing Schools to Advance Holistic Admission Reviewed

    August 30, 2017

    AACN developed a structured NWD Technical Assistance Program that features an assessment of admissions practices, an on-site Holistic Admissions Review workshop, student recruitment and retention strategies, and models for building a successful mentoring program. A total of 24 out of 30 NWD grant recipients are working with AACN to complete the required training.

  • Membership Approves Position Statement on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Academic Nursing

    March 20, 2017

    During the business meeting of AACN’s Spring Annual Meeting (held March 20, 2017 in Washington, DC), an overwhelming majority of members in attendance voted to adopt the Position Statement on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Academic Nursing.

Holistic Admission Review Training

AACN is pleased to announce it is now offering Holistic Admissions Review Workshops! This workshop training  is designed to help universities consider a broad range of factors reflecting the applicant’s academic readiness, contribution to the incoming class, and potential for success both in school and later as a professional. If you are interested in this workshop being offered at your school or other diversity services please complete the Diversity Service Request. 

For more information contact Vernell DeWitty at

Request for Service
Featured Resource

See the latest resource for holistic review, an effective admissions strategy that assesses an applicant’s unique experiences alongside traditional measures of academic achievement. 

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Role of Holistic Admission in Schools of Nursing

Dr. Shaver, Professor and Dean of the University Of Arizona College Of Nursing, discusses the importance and need for Holistic Admissions at schools of nursing. She also highlights the benefits of participating in the AACN Holistic Admission Review Workshop.

Organizational Culture: Why Diversity Matters

Jacinta Gauda is an executive coach and expert communications trainer. She has developed talent acquisition and global corporate diversity programs for leading corporations.  This presentation highlights the best diversity practices in academic environments.

Diversity - Why Does it Matter?

Angela Amar is an associate professor and assistant dean for BSN Education in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. This presentation describes the influence of demographic changes and discuss strategies to navigate intercultural interactions to better meet the needs of patients, coworkers, and organizations.