Michael P. Cary, associate professor, Schenita D. Randolph, assistant professor, Dean Marion E. Broome, and Brigit M. Carter, associate dean for diversity and inclusion, published the "Creating a culture that values diversity and inclusion: An action‐oriented framework for schools of nursing" article in the Nursing Forum.
An organizational culture that values diversity and inclusion is essential for the achievement of high‐quality nursing education, yet little literature exists to guide schools of nursing (SON) in accomplishing this goal. All SONs, regardless of size, need a framework that provides specific steps for developing and nurturing a culture that values diversity and inclusion. Using our SON as an exemplar, the goal of this article was to (a) review the barriers we faced when building a diverse and inclusive environment, (b) share our school's strategic plan designed to promote diversity and inclusion, and (c) highlight successful strategies as part of the development and ongoing implementation of our school's strategic plan. This process requires continuous commitment and intentionality as well as flexibility to address unforeseen circumstances. For example, the goals we have adopted and the strategies we have put in place have allowed members of our SON community to acknowledge and address the urgency and validity of the Black Lives Matter movement as well as the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic on racial and ethnic minority groups. Although we recognize that we still have work to do within our SON community, we believe our exemplar offers an action‐oriented framework for increasing diversity and inclusion among students, faculty, staff and leadership in SONs.