Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Recognized for Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing recently received the INSIGHT Into Diversity Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award and the American Association for Men in Nursing (AAMN) designation as a Best School for Men in Nursing. Both awards reflect JHSON’s enduring commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“These recognitions are based on robust examinations of multiple elements that match our words to our actions,” says JHSON Dean Sarah Szanton, PhD, RN, FAAN. “They reflect that we value the perspective each person brings to our community.”

It is the fifth consecutive year JHSON has received the HEED Award and the fourth consecutive for the AAMN.

JHSON weaves diversity, equity, and inclusion into its mission, recruitment efforts, and strategic vision for the future. The pillars of this strategy include attracting and retaining talent and diverse faculty, students, and staff; creating an inclusive environment where diverse opinions and beliefs are heard; and recognizing the responsibility for diversity and inclusion that lies within each member of the school.

Last year, the school increased its population of both underrepresented racial and ethnic minority students and underrepresented minority faculty. To help ensure an inclusive environment, JHSON’s Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion promotes cultural awareness months, diverse community member spotlights, and serves as a resource for people to address areas of success and concern relating to diversity and inclusion.

In recent years, JHSON also formed the Committee on Teaching and Learning as a Pathway to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to engage community members in cultural change while modeling the profession’s commitment to health equity and social justice. It assesses course content for equitable, accurate and inclusive information across race, ethnicity, and gender identity.

“DEI within our school sets the stage for how we work as nurses and community members,” says Rebecca Wright, PhD, BSC (HONS), RN, director of diversity, equity, and inclusion. “We all play a role in advancing these efforts and making JHSON a place committed to the dignity and equity of all people.”


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research, and practice. In U.S. News & World Report rankings, the school is No. 1 nationally for its master’s and DNP programs. In addition, JHSON is ranked as the No. 3 nursing school in the world by QS World University and No. 1 for total NIH funding among schools of nursing for fiscal year 2020. The school is a five-time recipient of the INSIGHT Into Diversity Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award and a four-time Best School for Men in Nursing award recipient. For more information, visit

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