Diversity at Vanderbilt School of Nursing

As part of its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has adopted the following official position statement: 

At Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN), we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. We support our efforts with respect for the inherent dignity, worth, and unique attributes of every person. To bring to life our vision of inclusive excellence, we seek to recruit, admit, hire, retain, promote, and support diverse and underrepresented groups of students, staff, and faculty. We value social justice and human rights. We embrace the plurality of humanity that composes our community including, but not limited to, age, race, ethnic origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, and religion. We affirm the inherent worth of each individual in order to protect, promote, and optimize the health and abilities of all people. As educators of advanced practice nurses, nurse scholars, nurse leaders, and nurse faculty, we accept the responsibility to foster and graduate highly-educated, culturally-sensitive health care professionals who mirror the diverse populations they serve. 

Read the news release. 

A welcome from the Assistant Dean, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

“Diversity” is a word that means many different things at VUSN.

Ours is a community that welcomes students, faculty and staff from many different professional and personal backgrounds. The vast diversity of thought and experience you will find here will not only enrich your learning, it will also serve as a valuable foundation as you seek and fulfill your professional goals in nursing.

Our School of Nursing is a place where diverse advanced practice specialties, many entry options, varied clinical settings, multiple degree programs, numerous research initiatives and people with different ideas and experiences create the learning environment. For many of our advanced practice specialties, we even offer diverse ways to learn – on campus or through flexible course delivery formats where you live.

Please continue to explore this website – including the student perspectives about diversity and inclusion, as well as other areas found in our Life at Vanderbilt School of Nursing section. If you have specific questions about our diverse community, please contact my office or plan to join us for an open house in March or October each year. Please contact the VUSN Admissions Office for details at 615-322-3800, or toll free at 888-333-9192.

We look forward to learning about you.

Jana Lauderdale, PhD, RHN, FAAN
Joseph A. Johnson, Jr. Distinguished Leadership Professor
Assistant Dean, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing 
461  21st Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37240