USA College of Nursing Diversity and Inclusion

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Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The College of Nursing fosters an environment that is inclusive and welcoming to ensure faculty and students with diverse characteristics thrive.

The College of Nursing defines diversity as a broad range of individual, population, and social characteristics that distinguish each person. These qualities include key attributes such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical abilities/qualities, as well as attributes that result from a lifetime of experiences such as cultural background, education, geographic location, marital status, religion, work experiences, socioeconomic status, and military service.


  1. Foster diversity among faculty and student body at the College of Nursing.
  2. Implement new programs, to the extent practical, and support and nurture programs currently in place to assist diverse student populations to succeed in undergraduate/graduate programs.
  3. Promote an environment where each student is respected and experiences a sense of belonging and the ability to make unique contributions in the classroom.
  4. Create a milieu of student acceptance that supports and promotes academic persistence and success that is responsive to cultural needs.
▼   USA College of Nursing Diversity and Inclusion Council Members 2023-2024

Dr. Candice Selwyn (Chair)

Dr. Misty Guy (Co Chair)

Dr. Joyce Pittman (Secretary)

Dr. Shanda Scott (Director of Diversity and Inclusion)

Dr. Kelly Stauter

Dr. Jo Ann Otts

Dr. Sylvia Waweru

Dr. Kimberly Jordan 

Dr. Lee Ridner

Dr. Nerkissa Curtis Dixon

Dr. Loretta Jones

Dr. Dedra Reed

Dr. James Harris

Dr. Haidi Breazeale  

Timothy Hale (Undergraduate Student Representative) 

Jordyn Campbell (Graduate Student Representative)

Kimberly Tucker (USA Health Representative)