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Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) values diversity as a crucial component in its engagement with students, faculty, and the world. We think of it as diversity with a global perspective:

  • Creating a learning climate where creativity, robust yet respectful debate, and a genuine respect for others can flourish.
  • Fostering international research collaborations, developing global health initiatives, and coordinating access to health care for under-served populations.
  • Educating next-generation nurses for leadership and service in the global community.

Diversity with a global perspective assures a warm welcome—not mere tolerance—for differences in national origin, race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status. Duke University School of Nursing values inclusion of the unique. It provides a safe haven where diversity can spawn intellectual engagement and collaborative partnerships.

Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

In February 2013 Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) officially adopted a diversity statement. The Statement of Diversity and Inclusion is meant to serve as a guidepost for our School as we continue to make DUSON open and inclusive for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. This video is a recitation of that statement by DUSON faculty, staff, and students—just one way that we are breathing life into our community's ongoing commitment to cultivating a culture of equity, opportunity, inclusiveness, and respect at Duke.


Diversity Initiatives at Duke University School of Nursing (partial list):

  • DUSON's Office of Global and Community Health Initiatives (OGACHI) addresses health disparities locally and around the world. In addition, OGACHI seeks to increase diversity in nursing through special programs, often conducted in partnership with other institutions.
  • ABSN and MSN students can complete their clinical and/or residency requirements via a global clinical immersion experience in Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, or China.
  • The Duke Chapter of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing is a forum for Duke University students, faculty, and staff to meet, discuss, and influence factors which affect men as both students and professional nurses.
  • DUSON’s Military Program offers special sequencing of courses so that military nursing students can complete their studies, in most cases, within the time allotted by their branch of the armed forces. Each military student is mentored by a faculty member who is a former military officer and serves as the student’s academic advisor.
  • DUSON regularly hosts international visitors and scholars who come to Duke to enhance their research skills and expertise in a particular clinical or non-clinical nursing specialty.
  • The Health Equity Academy is a competitive academic and professional socialization program for high achieving/high potential minority students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. It focuses on the social determinants of health, health access, health disparities, diversity and health equity.
  • The Bridge to the Doctorate Program prepares minority nurse scientists to influence research by broadening research questions and methodologies, particularly around the challenges of health disparities. It is a collaborative partnership between the Winston-Salem State University Division of Nursing and Duke University School of Nursing.