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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.

Diversity Symposium | What's Next? Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in an Ever-Changing Landscape | November 9-10, 2022

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.

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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Diversity in the News

  • 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.

  • Call for Abstracts Now Open for 2022 Diversity Symposium

    July 7, 2022

    AACN invites abstracts describing programs, courses, initiatives, or evaluation strategies that characterize the conference theme “What's Next? Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in an Ever-Changing Landscape”, addressing the many changes and challenges in academic nursing programs. Submission due date is September 9, 2022 at 12:00 pm (ET).

  • 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.

  • AACN Seeks Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

    May 17, 2022

    AACN is currently accepting applications for the position of Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer serves as the expert on diversity, equity, and inclusivity (DEI). The individual works as a key resource to the President and Chief Executive Officer providing support and guidance in initiatives and goals related to the areas of DEI. The individual also works in collaboration with the senior leadership, and various committees to proactively develop and implement plans and strategies to guide, support and actively engage the policies that support DEI initiatives of the Association.

  • 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

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Becoming an Anti-Racist School

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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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