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Our Diversity & Inclusion Committee is composed of two co-chairs and approximately 15 faculty, staff, and student volunteers.  It is open to all interested members of the School of Nursing community. 


  1. Increase cultural competency skills of the faculty and students within the School of Nursing.
  2. Facilitate increased diversity of faculty, students, and staff within the School of Nursing.

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Contact the co-chairs Megan Barrett at or Cynda Rushton at


Members shall include six members of the Faculty Assembly and a student representative. Three representatives of the committee will serve as ex-officio members of the Baccalaureate, Master's, and PhD Admissions committees.

The School of Nursing representative from the JHU Diversity Leadership Council will participate in Committee activities. The Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs will serve as an ex-officio member.

There will be at least one meeting per semester and shall be called by the Chairperson as necessary. Responsibilities include:

  • Increase the cultural awareness, diversity, sensitivity, and competency of faculty members.
  • Sponsor at least one annual workshop on cultural competency for the faculty, staff, and students. 
  • Assess and monitor aspects of culture in the curriculum and courses within the School of Nursing. 
  • Consult with course coordinators, as needed, to increase or improve aspects of cultural competency in course content. 
  • Act as a resource (including collecting resources) for faculty and students on aspects of culture. 
  • Sponsor guest faculty lectures who are culturally diverse or who can address the concept of cultural diversity or cultural competency training. 
  • Participate in monitoring the ethnic and gender mix of faculty, students, and staff. 
  • Recommend proactive activities to increase minority representation in faculty, students, and staff. 


Meetings shall be called by the Chairperson as necessary. Meetings occur monthly on the last Monday of the month from 12:30-1:30 pm. Check the School Calendar for room numbers and cancellations. Decisions and voting will be made by the elected members.

Meetings are open to anyone in the School of Nursing. Participation by faculty, staff, and students is encouraged.

Contact the Diversity Committee