Minority Life at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing


The latest trends for both full-time and part-time ethnic minority enrollment at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing are depicted in the following graph. These data suggest positive trends for the recruitment of underrepresented students at VUSN.

Enrollment of male students at VUSN continues to increase, with a 17 percent enrollment in the Post-Master’s Certificate program and 11 percent in the MSN program.


Vanderbilt has one of the largest male nursing faculty in the country. VUSN currently has 21 male faculty with full and part-time faculty appointments, comprising 13 percent of the faculty body. Over half of VUSN’s African American faculty received undergraduate degrees from historically black colleges and universities. 


Along with a variety of student nurse organizations, there are a host of VUSN student organizations related to diversity and inclusion including:  

American Assembly For Men In Nursing

The mission of American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) is to provide a framework for nurses, as a group, to meet, to discuss and influence factors which affect men as nurses. Members of AAMN have a voice in local, state and national events that impact nursing and male nurses. The National Board of Directors, Chapter Leaders, and Committee Members are all members of the national Assembly. For information, contact adviser Dr. Chance Allen

Asian American/Pacific Islander Student Nurses Organization

Given the nurse's position as the foremost patient advocate, VUSN AAPI Student Nurses aims to use our personal experiences as minorities within the health care system to give a voice to Asian American and Pacific Islander clients and their communities by increasing awareness of the health disparities unique to these populations. This organization will advocate for this population from a place of true understanding. Ultimately, we aim to support and enrich both the experiences of students and clients through education, open dialogue, networking, and advocacy. For more information contact Dr. Ginny Moore or Dr. Rolanda Johnson

Black Student Nurses Organization

The Black Student Nurses Organization was founded in the 1990s by a group of VUSN African American students who felt a need for an organization that focused on the socio-cultural needs of African American nursing students. Part of its core activity includes an emphasis on mentoring of first-year nursing students by second-year students. It also hosts activities to assist students in exploring the role of advanced practiced nurses in health care and serves as a resource network for students. Each academic year culminates with BSNO sponsoring VUSN Diversity Day. The organization is also associated with the Nashville chapter of the National Black Nurses Association. For more information, contact Dr. Jannyse Starks . 


LGBTQ @ VUSN provides support for LGBTQI students and allies at VUSN while promoting a welcoming and inclusive culture at VUSN for LGBTQI students and allies. It facilitates education of faculty and students on LGBTQI issues and promotes inclusion of LGBTQI health content in the curriculum at VUSN. The group also seeks to serve the LGBTQI community in Nashville and is actively involved in activities that support all these initiatives. For information, contact Roxanne Crittenden

Vanderbilt Nursing Student Environmental and Planetary Health Working Group

The Student-led Environmental Health Working Group is a branch of the Global Health club for students with an interest in planetary health and climate change and other environmental health related issues. Students in this club have participated in local community environmental health projects and put together events and discussions around planetary health issues. Please contact Dr. Carol Ziegler if you would like more information. 

Vanderbilt Nursing Student Global Health Club

The student-led VUSN Global Health Club meets monthly. Please come and join us as we listen, learn and debate about ethics and operational issues surrounding global health initiatives and health policy issues. Please email Dr. Carol Ziegler for more information or to request to be placed on the roster to present. We will continue to send email announcements monthly about our meetings. 

In addition, Vanderbilt University has a variety of groups and resources related to diversity and inclusion.

This is a partial listing of campus organizations focusing on cultural diversity :