Equity & Inclusion at Marquette University College of Nursing


Marquette University College of Nursing is a community of learners committed to increasing diversity and promoting a sense of belonging for all. Guided by our Jesuit values to transform the world in which we live by being individuals for and with others, the College of Nursing faculty, staff and students are called to respond to the greatest community social justice needs such that the Marquette Nurse is best prepared to serve. Marquette’s core values of excellence, faith, leadership and service challenge us all to create an environment of inclusivity, transparency and equitable support in the college for all College of Nursing community members. It has never been more important for nurses in general, and the Marquette Nurse in particular, to stand against injustice, promote anti-racist environments, respect all individuals, advance dialogue, and act.

All members of the College of Nursing community are charged with the commitment to and promotion of inclusion, belonging and equity; to treat everyone with care and respect; and to value differences. Through study, discernment and action, we strive to ensure that our commitment to diversity and inclusion is alive in daily practice.

Land and Water Acknowledgment

Marquette University acknowledges that our campus and Milwaukee are the homelands and waters of the Menominee, Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk, Fox, Mascouten, Sauk and Ojibwe nations, who have known this land and water as a relative for millennia and who remain our hosts on the land today. We also acknowledge that Milwaukee is located along the southwest shores of Michigami (meaning “big water” in Anishinaabemowin), where the Milwaukee River, Menomonee River and Kinnickinnic River meet. We remember that Milwaukee is covered by the 1833 Treaty of Chicago signed by the United States and Potawatomi and acknowledge it cleaved and dispersed this tribal nation through removal. We also acknowledge the presence of tribal members from Wisconsin sovereign nations in Milwaukee, including the Oneida Nation, Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohicans, Brothertown Nation and Ojibwe Nations – namely, the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Sokaogon Chippewa Community and St. Croix Chippewa Indians. We further understand and honor that the greater Milwaukee area is home to a large, resurging urban Indian community that includes diasporic Indigenous peoples from around North America, as well as from the Global South, the Pacific, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Marquette University further acknowledges and pays respect to the elders and ancestors past, present and emerging whose histories, knowledge and cultural traditions have shaped the land and water of the greater Milwaukee area and can enrich practices around its stewardship. We affirm our commitment to practice ongoing good relations with the land and water and with sovereign Indigenous nations that caretake them. In acknowledging the long-held relationships fostered by these lands and waters, we seek to strengthen and recommit ourselves to ongoing and future kinship responsibilities with each other and the Earth. In the spirit of reconciliation, we can authentically attend to and create the conditions of hospitality for current Indigenous students and community members and all yet to walk with us.

Learn more about Marquette’s Land and Water Acknowledgment.

Growing the number of Diverse Faculty and Staff

Marquette University’s College of Nursing is committed to significantly advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within the college and throughout health care. This commitment is rooted in our strategic initiatives and supported by generous gifts such as a recent $31 million transformational gift to the College of Nursing to boost scholarships, increase student diversity and drive innovative health care advances. Growing our diverse faculty and staff will help our students prepare for the shifting demographic landscape, contribute to a more culturally inclusive learning environment, help advance social equity and improve retention of students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.

In this new video, nursing faculty and students talk about the importance of increasing diversity within our College of Nursing faculty and staff.  video

Who We Are: MU CON Committee on Equity & Inclusion


A Look Back: Equity & Inclusion Initiatives at MU CON


Resource Center for Inclusion and Belonging


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