UW-Milwaukee’s nursing faculty, staff, students and alumni are committed to providing an environment where everyone feels welcomed. We’ve created an inclusivity statement that demonstrates this commitment, and we’re crafting a strategic action plan – developed by our diversity, equity and inclusion task force – to ensure these ideals and values show through in all of our work. The plan, which includes implementation and evaluation of whatever work is necessary, will be created in the next year.
UW-Milwaukee offers many resources and support services related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Here are just some of the places that faculty, staff and students can call upon for assistance.
- UWM Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- UWM Office of Equity/Diversity Services
- UWM Dean of Students
- UWM LGBTQ+ Resource Center
- UWM Military and Veterans Resource Center
- Women’s Resource Center
Women’s Resource Center UWM’s multicultural student centers offer holistic advising and sociocultural program to help each and every student succeed.
Nursing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Activities
Respect for human dignity, social justice, diversity and inclusion is deeply ingrained in the values of UWM’s Nursing faculty, staff and students. We reaffirmed our commitment to these values in the wake of murders of Black Americans and the anti-racism groundswell in the summer of 2020. We embarked on several anti-racist campus initiatives in our Nursing community, including Black, Indigenous and people of color listening sessions, student focus groups, book clubs and professional development.
Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion task force continues that work, collaborating on an inclusivity statement with faculty, staff, students, retirees and alumni. This statement is the foundation for our DEI work going forward.
The task force is working to recommend changes that reduce racism, bias, and discrimination across our academic, research and community engagement efforts. We will create a committee within the governance structure to develop and lead a strategic action plan and regularly evaluate our inclusivity statement.
UW-Milwaukee Nursing Inclusivity Statement
Revised and Approved on October 21, 2022
The core values of our School are accountability, collaboration, creativity, diversity & inclusion, excellence, human dignity, integrity, and social justice.
We value equity and inclusion within our community around age, race, sex, ethnic origin, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, abilities, and religion. Diversity makes our culture stronger.
We value an environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, where every voice is recognized, and where every person belongs and thrives.
We stand against racism and all other forms of prejudice and discrimination. We will be a School that embraces inclusivity and diversity in all its definitions.
We will identify and reduce our internal biases at both the personal and organizational levels. We will create an inclusive environment that is a safe space for dialogue that is grounded in our core values.
We will create an educational culture that will undo the harms of colonization so that all students can learn and succeed.
We envision a future of healthcare leaders and peacebuilders who dismantle systems of oppression and address the dire consequences of health inequities.
Our Actions and Responsibilities:
We will accomplish our aspirations through listening to one another, centering marginalized voices, and self-reflexivity.
Through dialogue, we will seek to understand and learn how to ignite meaningful relationships with one another. When we know better, we do better.
We will work individually and collectively to identify, evaluate, and change our School policies, procedures, curricula, and recruitment/retainment efforts that perpetuate systemic and organizational racism and bias.
We will hold all members of our community accountable to demonstrate principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion by participating in ongoing personal and professional development through annual review processes.
We will hold our School accountable to create a culturally safe environment that provides resources for ongoing education and evaluation, including processes to address concerns of racism, discrimination, and bias.
We acknowledge in Milwaukee that we are on traditional Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk and Menominee homeland along the southwest shores of Michigami, North America’s largest system of freshwater lakes, where the Milwaukee, Menominee, and Kinnickinnic rivers meet and the people of Wisconsin’s sovereign Anishinaabe, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Oneida, and Mohican nations remain present.