Admissions Talks: What Does “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” Mean to Admissions?

Admissions Talks: What Does “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” Mean to Admissions?

You hear admissions offices say that they value diversity, equity, and inclusion; but what does that really mean? At Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, it means starting from where we are: Baltimore. We exist in a very diverse city: 63 percent of the population is Black/African American, 31 percent is Caucasian, five percent is LatinX, and two percent is Asian. That’s why the admissions office loves to see prospective students who value working with diverse populations and providing equitable care—even if you are not someone from a diverse background—because your patients may not look like you.

But we also think it’s important that there are more nurses who look like their patients. And in many cases, we find that students want to become a nurse because of firsthand experiences. So share with us your race, ethnicity or religion, if you are a first-generation student, come from a low socioeconomic status background, or if you changed careers and took a nontraditional pathway to nursing. Go into detail with your essay; in admissions, the more information we know about you the better.

Prospective students, know that there is a place for you at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. You will learn nursing in a world-class environment while our Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion works to foster a safe space, and find community in student organizations that align with a wide variety of student interests, as well as culture, sexual orientation, and much more.

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Admissions Talks is a series by the admissions team at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Hopkins nurses are full partners and leaders in the health care process, and their role in patient care is unmatched. The admissions team is here to offer advice and guidance on how to be a competitive applicant. Admissions & Financial Aid at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

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Ashley White is Assistant Director for Diversity Initiatives at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Contact her at 410-955-7791 or [email protected].

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