Diversity at Vanderbilt School of Nursing

One of the core values of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is the incorporation of innovation in academics, faculty practice, research and informatics while embracing cultural and academic diversity. 

Reflecting this value, in fall of 2017, the VUSN Diversity and Inclusion Committee chaired by Geri Reeves, PhD, was instituted and charged with fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion across the VUSN community of faculty, staff and students.  In January 2018, as part of its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing adopted a VUSN Diversity Statement which reads as follows: 

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. 

This statement reflects VUSN’s core beliefs that individuals are holistic, comprised of various personal attributes and experiences that make each person unique while bridging commonalties with others. Regardless of backgrounds and individual characteristics, VUSN strives to promote an environment that is culturally appreciative as faculty educate advanced practice nurses, doctorally prepared nurses and research scholars; students learn, share and grow; and staff, faculty and students interact as respectful and valued colleagues. Diversity and inclusion are interwoven throughout VUSN as evidenced in our holistic admission review process, curriculum and extracurricular activities. While VUSN has made progress in the areas of diversity and inclusion, we are constantly reminded that the diversity journey has only begun and will never end.  

If you have specific questions or concerns about our diverse community, please contact:

Rolanda L. Johnson, PhD, RN
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Assistant Dean for Academics
Associate Professor of Nursing
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
213 Godchaux Hall
461 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37240
Phone:  615-343-7879
rolanda.johnson@vanderbilt.edu 

Geri Reeves, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC
Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Chair
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
378 Frist Hall
461 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37240
615-343-4679
geri.reeves@vanderbilt.edu