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College of Nursing Diversity & Inclusion Statement

The Marquette University College of Nursing community is committed to increasing diversity and promoting a sense of belonging for all. Diversity, through the recognition of intersectionality, broadly encompasses, but is not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, language, socioeconomic status, disability, nationality, culture, ability, religion, faith, political views, and veteran status. All members of the College of Nursing community are charged with the responsibility to treat everyone with care, respect, and to value differences. 

Marquette University College of Nursing students, faculty, and staff deserve an inclusive, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive learning environment that promotes social justice and equity. Students share the responsibility of contributing to a climate that is dedicated to mutual respect. Recognizing the inherent worth of individuals will contribute to the transformation of each student into the Marquette Nurse who will protect, promote, and optimize the health and abilities of individuals, families, and communities. 

Marquette University College of Nursing faculty and staff are charged with fostering an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, equitable, and inclusive learning environment for all, including diverse and underrepresented students, staff, and faculty. Faculty and staff are committed to recruitment, support, and retention of students, employing efforts to continually engage and expand their nursing competencies and knowledge about disparities, equity, social justice, and inclusive excellence. These commitments contribute to advancing an equitable, diverse, and culturally responsive workforce that mirrors the communities served. 

Statement of Solidarity -- Marquette Nurses Against Injustice

The College of Nursing expresses outrage and horror for the killing of George Floyd and the many others who have been victims of racial injustice.  We write to communicate our support to our entire community - students, staff, faculty, alum, and supporters -- and, importantly, the individuals and communities we serve. 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.

In our roles as bright, compassionate caregivers, educators, and leaders, educated in the Ignatian tradition, we are called to model inclusivity and honor, educate ourselves and serve as the conduit for deeper conversations to engage in healing and change. The Guiding Principles of Black Lives Matter  ( provide ways to create an anti-racist community. Nurses continually observe dire health disparities as a result of racial inequity, most recently with COVID-19 resulting in death for people of color at much higher rates. Black and Brown Lives Matter and we as a nursing community will act to ensure they do.

Racism, injustice, and lack of equity and inclusion must not continue, and our College of Nursing community calls for conversation with our faculty, staff and students, to listen, learn, and act to be a part of the solution to create an equitable and healthy community. While each of us is called to self-reflection to understand and leverage our own privilege so structural change occurs, it is imperative that our College and University also take collective action.

Please join us in taking concrete steps to make a difference. Working together, we can more successfully stand against injustice and live the statement, “Black and Brown Lives Matter.” We commit to implementing and expanding our strategic plan’s  diversity and inclusion impact; creating inclusive and safe environments for faculty, staff, and students where voices can be heard and all can learn and grow; examining and improving how and what we teach; exploring our own implicit biases; working proactively to create an anti-racist community; and celebrating and honoring the many contributions to nursing and health by individuals and communities of color who  often remain invisible.

As stated by the Association of Jesuit College and Universities, our Jesuit mission calls us to use our collective voices as a lever for justice and the common good. We must act to change the racism and inequality directed to individuals, Brown and Black. We are compelled to do all that we can, to make a difference for the better, for justice and equality.

Nurses are dedicated to health and healing and our educational foundation is based on inclusivity, respect, advocacy and social justice. Beyond that, the distinction of The Marquette Nurse is to relentlessly advocate for the support and care of all persons, and wholeheartedly commit to act to achieve social justice. As nurses, we will advocate for those who suffer injustice and inequality, to lead and engage in the conversation that will achieve a more just society.

Finally, in the words of our own Dr. William Welburn, Marquette Vice President for Inclusive Excellence: “… conversation should guide us in the coming academic year as we embrace what Pope John Paul II referred to as the ‘duty of solidarity, putting our knowledge, expertise, and faith into practice.”

“Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere” – Martin Luther King Jr.

News:  The College of Nursing is engaged in a search for dean as Dr. Janet Wessel Krejci retires. Interested individuals may apply here.

News: U.S. News & World Report published its first-ever undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) rankings. Marquette University College of Nursing ties for a rank of 43 out of almost 700 universities!

News: The College of Nursing is excited to announce the launch of a telehealth-virtual care accelerator, expanding and evolving holistic digital care delivery models. The college received a $1.5 million start-up grant from a private family foundation to advance telehealth care practices to better prepare future nurses and provide timely care to the community’s diverse patient populations.

News: The College of Nursing’s Project BEYOND-2 program to empower diverse nurses is the cover story of the latest edition of Hispanic Outlook on Education magazine.

News: Dean of Nursing Janet Krejci to retire

News: Dr. Richard Fehring, who recently stepped down as Director of the Institute for Natural Family Planning, is featured in The Catholic Herald

News: College of Nursing receives $2.2M grant for Project BEYOND-2

The College of Nursing received an almost $2.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of the grant is to continue Project BEYOND-2, which aims to improve nursing workforce diversity by increasing the numbers of students and graduates from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, including underrepresented minorities, who will graduate with undergraduate nursing degrees.

News: 2021 Nursing Preceptor Service & Excellence Awards

Marquette University College of Nursing recognized the following teacher leaders with 2021 Nursing Preceptor Service and Excellence Awards:

  • Luke Hattenhauer, DNP, CRNA, Health Dean Medical Group, SSM-Madison (Anesthesia)
  • Dr. Ted Gronski, Aurora Health Care Medical Group (AGACNP)
  • Dr. Ani L. Saryan Kopf, Ascension/All Saints Medical Group (AGPCNP)
  • Amber Latsch, CNM, St. Mary's Midwifery, Madison (Midwifery)
  • Candace Morton, APNP, Children's Wisconsin (Peds Acute Care)
  • Jerrica Vaughn, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, Children's Wisconsin Southwest Pediatrics (Peds Primary Care)

Event: Wednesday, June 2, 6-7 pm CDT -- Being the Difference: The Marquette Nurse and Leadership

The third in a series of programs where faculty, students, alumni, and other healthcare leaders take a deep dive into the foundational pillars of the college’s five-year strategic plan. Karen Robinson, PH.D., RN, CNM and Shelly Malin, PH.D., RN will lead the interactive presentation.
RSVP with Karen Ortiz at (414) 288-6852 or

Event: Recording of April 28, The Marquette Nurse: Building the Future for the College and Community

News:  U.S. News & World Report releases rankings

The College of Nursing’s Master of Science program is now ranked No. 60 (previously No. 69), while its Doctorate program rank moved down to No. 82 (previously No. 69). For all rankings, click here.

News: Fox 6 story about impact of $31 million to Nursing

News: President Lovell announces transformational gift for College of Nursing

A $31 million gift from alumni couple Darren and Terry Jackson will fuel scholarships, increase diversity, drive innovative health care advances and support strategic initiatives. 


TFE Times ranks Marquette MSN program 61 of 190. 


U.S. News ranked Marquette's online graduate nursing program 47th in 2021, up from 58th in 2020.

Event: Virtual 23rd Annual Southeastern Wisconsin Nursing Research Conference

Friday, May 14, 2021

Building Bridges to Research Based Nursing Practice

Keynote speaker: Breanna Hetland, PhD, RN, CCRN-K  

News: Marquette University College of Nursing is proud to announce the recipients of the 2020 Marquette University College of Nursing Preceptor Service and Excellence Award for the Nurse Practitioner Options:

AnnMarie Amaya, CNM, Nurse Midwifery, Pro Care Midwives

Deb Bretl, APNP, Pediatric Primary Care, Children’s Wisconsin Child Advocacy

Claire Dohmen, MSN, RN, APNP, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care, Froedtert Hospital

Karen Dorsch, ADN, RN, CPNP-AC, Pediatric Acute Care, Children’s Wisconsin PICU

Leah Madi, FNP, APNP, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, Muslim Community Health Center

The following criteria exemplify the qualities considered for the Preceptor Service and Excellence Award:

  • Outstanding qualities for leadership
  • Outstanding qualities for teaching
  • Preceptor for multiple students
  • Exemplifies the values of the Marquette Nurse: cura personalis and promotion of social justice
  • Promotes standards of discipline and specialty contributions to the profession

Congratulations to these outstanding preceptors and exceptional individuals!

Spring 2021 Leaders in Nursing Program featuring Julie Creamer, MS, RN -- in case you missed it!

James Wake Memorial Lecture 2020 -- In case you missed it!

A recording of the November 10 James Wake Memorial Lecture 2020 is available! 
"Amplifying the Child and Family Voice in Pediatric Serious Illness" with Dr. Joanne Wolfe 

Fall Leadership Program -- In case you  missed it!

A recording of the October 21, 2020 Fall Leadership Program is available!
"Building Cultures of Innovation: Leading through Crisis" with Dr. Daniel Weberg

Event:  All of U Health Education Session-- Breakthroughs in Sickle Cell Disease

Wednesday, September 30, 6-7 pm
Presented by Dora Clayton-Jones, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, President - International Association of Sickle Cell Nurses and Professional Associates, Assistant Professor, Marquette University College of Nursing

Learn how you can be included in shaping the future of health care for you, your family, and your community for generations to come by joining us for an All of U Research Program virtual event. 


News: Marquette receives $1 million grant for eldercare workforce scholarships and curriculum 

News: College of Nursing receives scholarship to support disadvantaged students

The Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) award, totaling more than $3 mlilion dollars over the course of 5 years, will provide scholarships to full-time nursing students from educationally and/or environmentally disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly students who are part of Project BEYOND-2. 

News: Visiting Professor Lisa Grabert discussed health care processes in an article on one man's high bill despite insurance coverage

Grabert said health care providers need to be more forthcoming with patients about procedures and the costs. “This is exactly what everyone is talking about on the national policy stage,” Grabert said. “You are supposed to put the patient first. You were neglectful in not educating the patient in that they should do this someplace else.”

News: Visiting Professor Lisa Grabert cowrote a June 17 opinion piece for Modern Healthcare about basing providers' COVID payments on the actual cost of care

News: Dr. Karen Robinson receives ACNM new author award

Dr. Karen Robinson, Associate Professor, received the ACNM Mary Ann Shah New Author Award for the publication "Racism, Bias, and Discrimination as Modifiable Barriers to Breastfeeding for African American Women: A Scoping Review of the Literature" in the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health. This article was also one of the top 10 articles of 2019. Dr. Robinson is not a new author but this is her first piece in the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health.


News: Dr. Karen Robinson will be the 2020-2021, Office of the Provost Marquette Immersive Leadership Experience (MILE) Program participant.

In this capacity, she will sit in on Provost Cabinet Meetings, and among other things, Karen will work closely with Gary Meyer (Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs) to facilitate campus-wide conversations around engaged scholarship especially as related to promotion and tenure criteria.  She will also work closely with Dr. Meyer throughout the 2020-21 academic year and assist in planning and executing Office of Faculty Affairs initiatives, including (1) New Faculty Orientation, (2) Academic Year Welcome for Department Chairs (3) Faculty First-Year Experience, (4) FELOS leadership development program, (5) Faculty Success Program, and (6) Faculty Mentor Program.

News: Dr. Kristin Haglund has been offered the 2020-2021 Provost’s Fellow Position for Community Engagement

She will work with Dan Bergen (Executive Director of Community Engagement) focusing on the facilitation and oversight of the Community of Practice for Community Engaged Faculty Members, and more specifically, the continued development and refinement of a comprehensive curriculum for new, and mid-level faculty members considering how they might more intentionally participate in this form of research and teaching. 

News: Read about a Marquette Nurse from the perspective of a patient, Judge Derek Mosley.

News: Dr. Susan Breakwell is named a Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing

Dr. Susan Breakwell, clinical professor and director of the Institute for Palliative and End of Life Care in the College of Nursing has been named a Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. The designation of Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing (FPCN) is bestowed upon HPNA members who have made significant contributions to the HPNA, while also impacting the field of palliative nursing.

News:  Dr. Kristina Thomas Dreifuerst and Dr. Amber Young-Brice are interviewed on WTMJ-4

Learn how Marquette nursing is adapting to online learning in this new world of nursing education.  

News: Dr. Christine Schindler quoted in Good Housekeeping about a shortage in school nurses. 


News: College of Nursing receives more than $6.3 million from generous benefactors to support scholarships

Nursing students and the college's direct entry nursing master's program benefit.

News: Online MSN program ranked by U.S. News & World Report

US News & World Report released its 2020 “Best Online Masters in Nursing Programs” rankings and Marquette University is number 58, up from a rank of 116 in 2019. Marquette tied with two other schools for the 58th spot and is the highest Wisconsin program listed. In all, 188 schools were included for comparison.


News: Grant Award

Dr. Stacy Barnes received a $25,000 grant from Bader Philanthropies, Inc. to continue geriatric trainings in Wisconsin. For more than three decades, the Wisconsin Geriatric Education Center (WGEC) has been a model partnership consisting of academic, healthcare, and community-based organizations, working together to build the capacity of the health workforce to meet the complex health needs of geriatric patients. The WGEC consortium is led by Marquette University’s College of Nursing and includes University of Wisconsin – Madison, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Advocate Aurora Health, the Alzheimer’s Association Wisconsin, and numerous other community partners across the state. 

News:  Lisa Grabert, visiting nursing professor, honored with bipartisan leadership award in Washington D.C.


News: U.S. News & World Report releases 2020 Best Graduate Schools rankings

In the College of Nursing, the Master of Science program moved up to 49 from 82, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program moved up slightly to 60 from 66. To see more details go to Marquette Today at…/u-s-news-releases-2020-best-…/ 

News: Marquette University Graduate Nursing program ranks #13

Top 25 Best Value Master's of Science in Nursing Degree Programs for 2019 by Value Colleges. Read the complete article.