College of Nursing Diversity & Inclusion Statement
The Marquette University College of Nursing community is committed to increasing diversity and promoting a sense of belonging for all. Diversity, through the recognition of intersectionality, broadly encompasses, but is not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, language, socioeconomic status, disability, nationality, culture, ability, religion, faith, political views, and veteran status. All members of the College of Nursing community are charged with the responsibility to treat everyone with care, respect, and to value differences.
Marquette University College of Nursing students, faculty, and staff deserve an inclusive, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive learning environment that promotes social justice and equity. Students share the responsibility of contributing to a climate that is dedicated to mutual respect. Recognizing the inherent worth of individuals will contribute to the transformation of each student into the Marquette Nurse who will protect, promote, and optimize the health and abilities of individuals, families, and communities.
Marquette University College of Nursing faculty and staff are charged with fostering an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, equitable, and inclusive learning environment for all, including diverse and underrepresented students, staff, and faculty. Faculty and staff are committed to recruitment, support, and retention of students, employing efforts to continually engage and expand their nursing competencies and knowledge about disparities, equity, social justice, and inclusive excellence. These commitments contribute to advancing an equitable, diverse, and culturally responsive workforce that mirrors the communities served.
Statement of Solidarity -- Marquette Nurses Against Injustice
The College of Nursing expresses outrage and horror for the killing of George Floyd and the many others who have been victims of racial injustice. We write to communicate our support to our entire community - students, staff, faculty, alum, and supporters -- and, importantly, the individuals and communities we serve. It has never been more important for nurses in general, and the Marquette Nurse in particular, to stand against injustice, promote anti-racist environments, respect all individuals, advance dialogue, and act.
In our roles as bright, compassionate caregivers, educators, and leaders, educated in the Ignatian tradition, we are called to model inclusivity and honor, educate ourselves and serve as the conduit for deeper conversations to engage in healing and change. The Guiding Principles of Black Lives Matter (www.blacklivesmatter.com) provide ways to create an anti-racist community. Nurses continually observe dire health disparities as a result of racial inequity, most recently with COVID-19 resulting in death for people of color at much higher rates. Black and Brown Lives Matter and we as a nursing community will act to ensure they do.
Racism, injustice, and lack of equity and inclusion must not continue, and our College of Nursing community calls for conversation with our faculty, staff and students, to listen, learn, and act to be a part of the solution to create an equitable and healthy community. While each of us is called to self-reflection to understand and leverage our own privilege so structural change occurs, it is imperative that our College and University also take collective action.
Please join us in taking concrete steps to make a difference. Working together, we can more successfully stand against injustice and live the statement, “Black and Brown Lives Matter.” We commit to implementing and expanding our strategic plan’s diversity and inclusion impact; creating inclusive and safe environments for faculty, staff, and students where voices can be heard and all can learn and grow; examining and improving how and what we teach; exploring our own implicit biases; working proactively to create an anti-racist community; and celebrating and honoring the many contributions to nursing and health by individuals and communities of color who often remain invisible.
As stated by the Association of Jesuit College and Universities, our Jesuit mission calls us to use our collective voices as a lever for justice and the common good. We must act to change the racism and inequality directed to individuals, Brown and Black. We are compelled to do all that we can, to make a difference for the better, for justice and equality.
Nurses are dedicated to health and healing and our educational foundation is based on inclusivity, respect, advocacy and social justice. Beyond that, the distinction of The Marquette Nurse is to relentlessly advocate for the support and care of all persons, and wholeheartedly commit to act to achieve social justice. As nurses, we will advocate for those who suffer injustice and inequality, to lead and engage in the conversation that will achieve a more just society.
Finally, in the words of our own Dr. William Welburn, Marquette Vice President for Inclusive Excellence: “… conversation should guide us in the coming academic year as we embrace what Pope John Paul II referred to as the ‘duty of solidarity, putting our knowledge, expertise, and faith into practice.”
“Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere” – Martin Luther King Jr.
News: U.S. News & World Report published its first-ever undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) rankings. Marquette University College of Nursing ties for a rank of 43 out of almost 700 universities!
News: The College of Nursing is excited to announce the launch of a telehealth-virtual care accelerator, expanding and evolving holistic digital care delivery models. The college received a $1.5 million start-up grant from a private family foundation to advance telehealth care practices to better prepare future nurses and provide timely care to the community’s diverse patient populations.
News: The College of Nursing’s Project BEYOND-2 program to empower diverse nurses is the cover story of the latest edition of Hispanic Outlook on Education magazine.
News: Dr. Richard Fehring, who recently stepped down as Director of the Institute for Natural Family Planning, is featured in The Catholic Herald
The College of Nursing received an almost $2.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of the grant is to continue Project BEYOND-2, which aims to improve nursing workforce diversity by increasing the numbers of students and graduates from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, including underrepresented minorities, who will graduate with undergraduate nursing degrees.
Event: Wednesday, June 2, 6-7 pm CDT -- Being the Difference: The Marquette Nurse and Leadership
The third in a series of programs where faculty, students, alumni, and other healthcare leaders take a deep dive into the foundational pillars of the college’s five-year strategic plan. Karen Robinson, PH.D., RN, CNM and Shelly Malin, PH.D., RN will lead the interactive presentation.
RSVP with Karen Ortiz at (414) 288-6852 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
News: U.S. News & World Report releases rankings
The College of Nursing’s Master of Science program is now ranked No. 60 (previously No. 69), while its Doctorate program rank moved down to No. 82 (previously No. 69). For all rankings, click here.
A $31 million gift from alumni couple Darren and Terry Jackson will fuel scholarships, increase diversity, drive innovative health care advances and support strategic initiatives.
TFE Times ranks Marquette MSN program 61 of 190.
U.S. News ranked Marquette's online graduate nursing program 47th in 2021, up from 58th in 2020.