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Diversity and Cultural Affairs

Columbia University School of Nursing is committed to social justice and health equity, promoting an anti-racism environment, and fostering a culture of inclusion. Diversity in our educational, research, and practice programming and within our community inspires transformation, innovation, and leadership in nursing. 

Our culture of inclusion aims to:

  • Promote a work environment of mutual respect and collaboration for all members of the Columbia Nursing community.
  • Uphold the honor and dignity of each student, faculty, staff, patient, client, and visitor in all our interactions. 
  • Promote an environment of inclusiveness where diversity is embraced and celebrated in a climate of tolerance, transparency, accountability, and fair and honest communication.
  • Engender a community in which all persons can work and learn together to promote the highest level of intra-personal reflection about self in an effort to mitigate implicit biases and to engage in inter-professional collaborations.  

The Office of Diversity and Cultural Affairs (ODCA) serves as an internal support system to help advance our social justice and health equity mission and foster a culture of inclusion. Goals include increasing diversity in the recruitment, retention, and mentoring of students, faculty, and staff; providing a platform for open discussion of critical issues; and advancing community connections. Educational forums aim to inform, engage, and develop a deeper understanding of the social/structural/economic/political determinants of health, as well as personal growth challenges that impact one’s ability to see others through a human, social-justice lens.

Diversity and Cultural Affairs