The University of Iowa stands in solidarity with Asian American students, international students from Asia, Pacific Islanders, and the Pan-Asian community.

"Over the past year, individuals representing the Asian diaspora have been the targets, victims, and survivors of increased hate, racism, and xenophobia. Asians across this nation are increasingly experiencing threats, harassment, intimidation, assaults, scapegoating, discrimination, injuries, vandalism, violence, and death. ‘Stop AAPI Hate’ tracks more than 2,800 incidents of racism and discrimination targeting Asians. 

We cannot ignore the fact that hate is the fuel that is perpetuating Anti-Asian sentiment and hate crimes.

We recognize the impact that these acts of hate and injustice may be having on our students, their families, and our colleagues who represent the Asian diaspora. The College of Nursing denounces any and all acts of racism and hate and stands in solidarity with not only the peaceful demonstrators from Black Lives Matter but also with members of the Asian community. Let's work to end hatred in all forms and variations to build mentally and physically safer and healthier inclusive communities."

 College of Nursing Statement on Black Lives Matter

The University of Iowa has a long history and proud tradition of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (see The University of Iowa College of Nursing is committed to creating an accessible, supportive environment and an educational experience that recognizes diversity and cultural competence as integral components of academic excellence. In our continuous effort to build a richer understanding of the relationship between health and diversity, we are committed to providing our faculty, staff, students, and alumni with knowledge and resources to increase awareness about vulnerable populations and other cultural competence issues impacting health.

The Office of Diversity at the College of Nursing is engaged in ongoing efforts to ensure our curriculum and programs prepare students to be culturally competent. As nurses, we know patients are more likely to accept health information when it is communicated in a way that is respectful and responsive to the cultural beliefs and practices of patients. Cultural competence will prepare our future nurses to effectively meet the health needs of our world’s ever-changing population.

The College of Nursing’s commitment to diversity is a shared value as demonstrated through the CON Seven Pillars of Diversity.

College of Nursing Definition of Diversity

The College of Nursing definition of diversity embraces a broad range of identities and ancestral backgrounds, including those that have been historically underrepresented within the nursing community. Diversity bridges all aspects of human difference, social identities, and social group differences, including but not limited to: 

  • race, ethnicity, creed, color,  
  • sex, gender, gender identity, sexual identity,  
  • socio-economic status, caste  
  • language, culture, national origin, religion/spirituality,  
  • age, (dis)ability,  
  • military/veteran status, 
  • political perspective, and 
  • associational preferences 

*Approved September 2020 by the College of Nursing's Diversity-Equity-Inclusion Committee

Diversity - UI Health Sciences

The College of Nursing collaborates with the UI Health Science Colleges and the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics to provide a variety of events and activities that support an inclusive learning environment and increased knowledge about cultural competency in health care through:

  • Welcome reception for diverse health science students
  • Welcome reception for LGBTQ health science students
  • Winter weather workshop for international students
  • Culturally responsive health care in Iowa conference
  • CultureVision training
  • Guest lectures and other health related workshops
  • UIHC nurse residency program diversity training

In addition, the College of Nursing is part of the UI Health Sciences' Diversity Committee.


Other Resources

CultureVision {On Campus}

CultureVision {Off Campus}

Request for Diversity Office Funding