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Recent Award Recipients

Dominican University

Small/Liberal Arts Colleges Award:

Dominican University

Claflin University

Private Colleges and Universities:

Claflin University

The Ohio State University

Academic Health Centers Award:

The Ohio State University

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

AACN is a primary advocate for advancing diversity and inclusivity within academic nursing.

The Importance of Holistic Admissions Workshops

Dr. Deborah Jones of the University of Texas Medical Branch explains the benefits of Holistic Admissions workshops, and the importance of "putting action behind the vision" when it comes to diversity among nursing students, and inclusion in the admissions process.

Why Enhancing Diversity is Important in Nursing Education

Dr. Jean Giddens from Virginia Commonwealth University discusses the importance and need for diversity at schools of nursing. She also highlights how they were able to adopt holistic admissions through faculty workshops and their new strategic plan.

Diversity in the News

  1. AACN Appoints Dr. Brigit Carter as New Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

    November 30, 2022

    AACN is pleased to announce that Brigit M. Carter, PhD, RN, CCRN, FAAN, will officially join the association staff in the role of Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, effective February 1, 2023.

  2. Cultural Humility Toolkit

    October 13, 2022

    In the September/October 2022 issue of Nurse Educator, Dr. Cynthia Foronda from the University of Miami and colleagues published a Cultural Humility Toolkit. By threading cultural humility concepts throughout the curriculum, nurse educators have the potential to shape learner perspectives to better appreciate and value diversity. The authors suggest a variety of teaching tools and strategies to integrate cultural humility into nursing education programs, including ground rules, an environmental assessment, examination of the curriculum landscape and teaching materials, and bias awareness activities, among others.

  3. Read the Fall Diversity Digest

    November 3, 2022

    In this issue, see the latest award winners for the Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability in Nursing Education Lectureship Awards and see the latest school spotlight from Nova Southeastern University on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Nursing Students and Clinical Practicum Concerns;

  4. AACN Selects 50 Nursing Schools to Help Identify Hallmarks of Inclusive Learning Environments

    July 28, 2022

    AACN is pleased to announce that 50 schools of nursing from 28 states have been selected to participate in a national initiative designed to foster inclusive learning environments and build a more diverse nursing workforce.

    • Read the Summer Edition of the Diversity Digest Newsletter

      July 26, 2022

      In This Edition: The University of Alabama at Birmingham School Spotlight; Respectful Conversations About Race; Video Showcasing Academic Nursing's Role in Achieving Health Equity and COVID-19 Recovery; Registration and Call for Abstracts Open for Diversity Symposium; AACN's Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability in Nursing Education Lectureship Award; and Application Cycle  Now Open for Diversity Leadership Institute.

    • Diversity Continues to Increase in Nursing Schools

      May 23, 2022

      See five-year data trend that shows variation in the enrollment of total minorities and state-by-state breakdown of diversity representation in 2021.

    • Read the Spring Edition of the Diversity Digest Newsletter

      April 29, 2022

      In This Edition: Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: Understanding Bias and Racism’s Impact on Health; Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability in Nursing Education Lectureship Award; Save the Date for upcoming Diversity Symposium; and AACN Culture and Climate Survey Recruitment.

    • Call for Pilot Schools

      March 23, 2022

      To test the new online platform created for the Leading Across Multidimensional Perspectives (LAMP©) Culture and Climate Survey, AACN is currently seeking schools of nursing to be among the first to use this new resource. All types of institutions are encouraged to apply, including small schools, public and private universities, academic health centers, liberal arts schools, and colleges located in rural and urban areas. Schools seeking to participate must complete this brief application form. For more information on this initiative read the LAMP Culture and Climate Survey Overview. If you have any questions, please contact AACN’s Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Dr. Wanda Thruston at

    • AACN's Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Shares Insight on Building a Strategic Approach to DEI on Nightingale Podcast

      February 2, 2022

      The UT Health San Antonio's Nightingale Podcast series highlights notable and famous figures in nursing who have made an impact on the nursing profession and health care delivery. This series also shares perspectives on diversity, equity and inclusion as it relates to nursing and health professionals. The most recent episode features Dr. Vernell DeWitty, AACN's Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. In the episode, Dr. DrWitty advises the nation’s top academic nursing leaders on building consensus and a strategic approach to diversity and inclusion.

    • Read the latest Diversity Digest Newsletter

      January 27, 2022

      The Diversity Digest is a quarterly newsletter that highlights AACN's diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives and efforts from AACN member schools promoting DEI in the academic nursing community.

    • Call for Public Comment - The 2022 National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing Foundational Report

      January 19, 2022

      The National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing is seeking public comments for The 2022 National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing Foundational Report. The report and instructions for how to provide comments are available here. Deadline to submit comments is February 14.

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Featured School Video

University of Virginia
Becoming an Anti-Racist School

Watch the video below on how students, faculty, and staff are deepening their understanding of racism and bias. Read more here


Holistic Admissions Review Tool Kit & Workshop Training

See the latest tool kit for holistic admissions review, an effective admissions strategy that assesses an applicant’s unique experiences alongside traditional measures of academic achievement. In addition to the tool kit , AACN offers workshop training  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.  For more information contact Wanda Thruston at

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Join the New Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Network (DEILN)

DEILN supports the efforts of AACN member institutions to identify effective strategies for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic nursing and the nursing workforce.  

Membership in DEILN is open to all faculty, deans, and staff with an interest in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. This network will be of particular interest to diversity officers, administrators responsible for multicultural/diversity affairs, and those serving in or aspiring to similar roles.

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