Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Changing U.S. demographics, diversity-focused health care systems and persistent health inequities — both domestic and international — are the forces that spurred an initiative accelerating and expanding our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
Our strategic and evaluation plans are centered on the themes of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice and are tailored to focus on four areas:
Scholarship & Service
We cultivate excellence in teaching and learning, research and service through equal access to resources, opportunities and advancement for all members of our community. We foster a culture in which we acknowledge, discuss and address privilege to increase success among marginalized people. Our community commits to engaging in the dynamic process of promoting equity and social justice.
Excellence in Diversity
In recognition of its commitment to diversity, GW Nursing was awarded the 2018 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.
Gw Nursing Diversity Council
Interim Associate Dean
for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion;
RN-BSN Program Director & Academic Coach;
Clinical Assistant Professor
Clinical Education Instructor
Director, Community Engagement & Partnership Operations
Alumni, DNP class of 2018
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resources
American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN)
The AAMN focuses on the practice, education, research, and leadership of men in nursing and advancing men’s health. They provide a framework for nurses, as a group, to meet, to discuss and influence factors, which affect men as nurses.
Asian American / Pacific Islander Nurses Association, Inc. (AAPI)
AAPINA serves as the unified voice for Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) nurses around the world. AAPINA strives to positively affect the health and well-being of AAPIs and their communities.
National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association (NANAINA)
NANAINA unites American Indian/Alaska Native nurses and those who care for AN/AI people to improve the health and well-being of American Indian/Alaska Native people.
National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)
NAHN is devoted to promoting safe, quality health care delivery to Latino communities and individuals. They recognize excellence among Latino nurses, provide formal and informal mentoring opportunities.
National Black Nurses Association, Inc. (NBNA)
NBNA serves as the professional voice for over 200,000 African American registered nurses, licensed vocational/practical nurses, nursing students and retired nurses from the USA, Eastern Caribbean and Africa. Through their 115 chapters, we provide countless hours of community-based health care services.
National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations (NCEMNA)
The NCEMNA is a unified body advocating for equity and justice in health care. Their vision is to be a leading voice and driving force for ethnic minority populations.
OutCare Health, a 501c3 nonprofit, is leading the charge for LGBTQ+ health equity worldwide, empowering millions of LGBTQ+ individuals with comprehensive resources, support, and education. Their initiatives range from the OutList directory of affirming healthcare providers to mentorship, health equity training, community building, support groups, consulting services, and more. Their vision is to create a world where every LGBTQ+ person has access to quality healthcare and feels empowered to live their healthiest, most authentic life.
Philippine Nurses Association Of America, INC. (PNAA)
The PNAA is a 501c(6) non-profit professional nursing organization representing 55 chapters with over 5,000+ members. Their mission is to uphold and foster the positive image and welfare of Filipino-American nurses, promote professional excellence, and contribute to significant outcomes to healthcare and society through education, research, and clinical practice.
GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality
The GLMA is a group of nurses and nurse allies dedicated to improving health and health care for all LGBTQ individuals and families. Their mission is to facilitate the development and implementation of specific actions to advance LGBTQ health care within nursing practice, research, education and organizational policy.
Select Faculty Publications
Greene, J., El-Banna, M.M, Briggs, L., & Park, J. (2017). Gender diﬀerences in nurse practitioner salaries, Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP), 29 (11), 667–672. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2327-6924.12512
El-Banna, M. & Kesten, K. (2022) Innovative and Diverse Strategies to Implement Inclusive DNP Projects to Meet Organization Strategic Goals and Advance Healthcare Equity, Nursing Research.
Glenn, A. D. & Claman, F. (2017). Using a low fidelity simulation to enhance cultural awareness and emotional intelligence. Nursing Education Perspective (accepted).
McKay, E.A., Placencio-Castro, M., Harris, A., Kelly-Weeder, S., Fontenot, H. Development and psychometric testing of a scale to measure sexual minority-inclusivity in sex education. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, in press.
Le, D., Kim, H.J., Wen, K.Y., Juon, H.S. (2022). Disparities in awareness of the HPV vaccine and HPV-associated cancers among racial/ethnic minority populations: 2018 HINTS. Ethn Health, 31:1-15. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2022.2116630. Epub ahead of print.
Wyche, K. F., & Miles-Cohen, S. (in press). SES, social class, subjective social status and subjective well-being: Examples of women’s appraisals of their health and work. In C. Travis & J. White (Eds). Handbook of the psychology of women. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association
Recommended External Publications
Guidelines & Expectations
- Purpose and Scope
The Room, located in 108H within Suite 108 of Innovation Hall at The George Washington University School of Nursing, is intended to provide a tranquil and inclusive space for students, faculty, and staff to engage in personal contemplation, prayer, meditation, and reflection. This guideline governs the utilization of the room and outlines guidelines to ensure respectful and equitable use of the room.
- Hours of Operation
The Room will be accessible from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Users are expected to adhere to the designated hours of operation
- Access and Security
Access to Suite 108 and the room is granted to all School of Nursing community members, including students, faculty, and staff. The side door to Suite 108 (by the hallway to classroom 107) will remain unlocked during the designated hours of operation, and Students are required to use this door to access the room.
The room is primarily intended for personal contemplation, prayer, meditation, and reflection across various religious and spiritual beliefs. Users are expected to maintain a quiet and respectful atmosphere within the room, understanding that the room may be shared by individuals of diverse backgrounds. Users of the room are expected to behave in a respectful and considerate manner. Disruptive activities, including but not limited to loud conversations, music, open flame, or burning of materials with a device or scent-producing substances, are strictly prohibited. Users are advised to silence their electronic devices while within the room.
The room can accommodate a maximum of four individuals. In the event that the room is occupied, kindly wait or locate an alternative area. Users should be considerate of how long they are using the room if others are waiting.
- Personal Belongings
Users are solely responsible for their personal belongings brought into the room. The University is not liable for any loss, theft, or damage to personal items left unattended in the room.
- Religious and Cultural Artifacts
The room is not open to displaying religious and cultural artifacts.
Failure to adhere to this guideline may result in restricted access to the room. The university reserves the right to modify or terminate access to the room based on violations of this guideline.
- Feedback and Concerns
Users are encouraged to provide feedback or voice concerns regarding the utilization of The Room to the Student Services or Director of Operations. This input will help maintain a positive and inclusive environment within the room.