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A Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At the USC College of Nursing, we value each student, staff and faculty. We want everyone to feel welcome and included. We aim to cultivate and support the values of the College of Nursing: diversity, inclusivity, commitment, caring, integrity, respect and professionalism. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are necessary to achieve academic and institutional excellence. All members of the College of Nursing community not only matter, but their unique perspectives are the core of our strength and success.

A Message From The Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity 

Thank you for taking the opportunity to visit the College of Nursing DEI website. My role is to assist the college in achieving inclusive excellence while helping to create a vision that reflects a diverse, safe learning environment in all aspects of our mission -- teaching, research, practice, and service. Additionally, I help lead initiatives aimed at enhancing the recruitment, retention, and success of underrepresented groups in the field of nursing. We all rise and fall together, and there is strength in diversity. Feel free to reach out to my office if we can be of service to you. -- Coretta Jenerette, PhD, RN, AOCN, CNE, FAAN

 College of Nursing Resources

CON Cupboard initiative provides essential everyday items to nursing students in need. These resources support students so they can focus on academics, and this enhances their potential for success.

The purpose of the DEI committee is to identify the inclusion and diversity strengths, issues, and opportunities within all aspect of the College of Nursing.
Initiatives include: 
- Departmental implicit bias training
- Diversity matters open discussion events 
-  Yearly cultural traditions luncheon

Strengthening Achievement and Nursing Diversity with URM/DB Program for South Carolina (StAND-UP: SC) is a pilot academy that aims to enhance the diversity of the registered nurses (RN) workforce in South Carolina (SC). We want to increase the proportion of underrepresented, minoritized, and disadvantaged background (URM/DB) students graduating from nursing schools. StAND-UP: SC will offer approximately 200 pre-licensed, senior RN nursing students a one-year virtual diversity, equity, and inclusion academy. With presentations and resources, students will better understand social determinants of health, health equity, and social justice advocacy. Moreover, StAND-UP: SC will provide life-long, tailored professional development resources. At the end of the academy, students and other stakeholders in SC will be invited to a conference to discuss lessons learned and the next steps.

Participants will attend monthly virtual trainings from August 2022 through May 2023.

 Campus Resources

Supports students of marginalized communities with advocacy services, awareness and comprehension of diversity issues, and assist the campus community and student organizations to expand their efforts to cultivate an inclusive community at the university.

Student groups designed for  minortiy and underrepresented communities & students at USC. 

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is committed to providing information that clearly outlines how we plan for, react to and measure our response to the issues that confront our diverse academic community.

While our ultimate goal is a unified and inclusive campus environment, incidents of bias and hate do occur. Report incidents of bias or hate by submitting a Bias and Hate Incident Form.

USC Equal Opportunity Statement

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.


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