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KU School of Nursing Position Statement on Systemic Racism and Plan of Action

We will not tolerate white supremacy and institutional racism. We will not tolerate the oppression of any of our students, staff and faculty based on race or ethnicity. The following reflects the KU School of Nursing Position Statement on systemic racism, but it goes beyond being a mere statement. It is a plan for action.

We will:

  1. Create a culture of psychological safety
  2. Mandate ongoing training on unconscious bias and its effect on health and community, for faculty and staff.
  3. Mandate training on the process of reporting racism for faculty, staff and students.
  4. Mandate ongoing training on systemic racism and its effect on health and community for faculty and staff
  5. Mandate ongoing training on Unconscious Bias and its effect on health and community for all students.
  6. Identify opportunities to engage students in the concepts of equity and social justice and systemic racism across our educational programs.
  7. Identify strategies and resources needed to ensure fair and consistent grading of student work.
  8. Continue to develop admissions programs and processes that improve support Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPoC) students.
  9. Evaluate teaching and learning environments to ensure they are welcoming and inclusive.
  10. Work to expand funded and unfunded research across our school that focuses on equity and racism.
  11. Train our faculty and staff on SafeZone to support the BIPoC lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersecting identities.
  12. Identify and support BIPoC business when hiring vendors for KU School of Nursing events and activities.
  13. Continue to build partnerships with community organizations that support BIPoC and intersecting identities to promote a diverse nursing workforce.
  14. Support KU Medical Center’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Cabinet’s strategic plan that includes mandatory training, recruiting diverse faculty and partnering with stakeholders to address health inequities.

Racism and discrimination have no place at the KU School of Nursing — not in our curriculum, not in our research, not in our practice and not among our faculty and staff. We commit to being an anti-racist school of nursing.

To learn more about KU Medical Center's commitment to diversity please visit the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website.

Last modified: Apr 14, 2021