Diversity and Inclusion

diversity, inclusion AND EQUITY

The University of Florida College of Nursing is committed to fostering an environment that supports all individuals and values diversity, inclusion and equity. As nurses who strive to Care, Lead and inspire, we must express our core values of diversity, respect and courage in our thoughts and actions.


Student Groups and Programs

International Nursing

The goal of the International Nursing student-interest group is to generate dialogue about professional development and leadership for International nursing students.

LGBTQ+ in Nursing

The goal of this inclusive student-interest group is to build a safe supportive community that affords members the opportunity to generate dialogue about professional development and leadership for LGBTQ+ identified nursing students and allies.

Men in Nursing

The goal of the Men in Nursing student-interest group is to generate dialogue about professional development and leadership for male nursing students.

Multicultural Nursing

The goal of the Multicultural Nursing student-interest group is to generate dialogue about professional development and leadership for self-identified multicultural nursing students.


The purpose of the EMBRACE Program is to provide unique research and leadership opportunities for nursing students from multiple backgrounds, toward creating an inclusive environment for different viewpoints in the scholarly nursing community.

College of Nursing Diversity and Inclusion Award

Now accepting applications through May 1, 2021

A statement from the UF College of Nursing condemning hate and racial violence

Shared March 19, 2021


Compassion, empathy and kindness are critical elements in caring for patients as nurses. But those are also critical elements to possess as humans, which is why the recent senseless acts of violence on our Asian American Pacific Islander community –  in particular, the heartbreaking news of the recent deadly shooting in Atlanta – have stopped us in our tracks. At the University of Florida College of Nursing, we mourn the loss of those eight victims and condemn racism and violence in all its forms. We stand with the Asian community. We must work together, not just as nurses but as humans, to put a stop to AAPI hate and discrimination. We will continue the fight toward advocacy for social justice to put an end to racism and discrimination that exists throughout our country.

It has been said before, but bears repeating: In the College of Nursing, we don’t have a place for any kind of “ism,” including racism.

In the College of Nursing, we strive to be inclusive of everyone and to give each individual a sense of belonging.

Statement Against Racism: A message from the UF College of Nursing

Shared June 2, 2020

UFCON message

Our hearts are heavy and we cannot ignore what is happening across our nation, as so many people have been affected by actions motivated by racism and violence. It is difficult to watch our country so divided by hatred. Yet it serves as a powerful reminder that we, nurses, still must work together to promote equity and social justice in America.

Over the past few days, we have witnessed the frustration and anguish that has resulted from multiple incidences of racism and violence against Black men and women. All of this comes at a time when we are still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, which is shining a “bright light” on unacceptable health disparities with a disproportionate burden of illness and death among racial and ethnic minorities.

As a community who strives to care, lead and inspire we must express our core values of diversity, respect and courage in our thoughts and actions.

In the College of Nursing we don’t have a place for any kind of “ism” including racism.

In the College of Nursing we are striving to include everyone, to give each individual a sense of belonging.

Although we are employing physical distance, we do not accept social distance. At this time “we see you, we hear you and we grieve with you.”

Research in Diversity and Inclusion

Investigating Movement-evoked Pain in osteoArthritic Conditions (IMPACT): An Observational Study to Inform Culturally-Tailored Intervention Development

Dr. Staja ‘Star’ Booker’s study focuses on elucidating and understanding movement-evoked pain, or MEP, in older African Americans with knee osteoarthritis. MEP is an emerging concept and represents a shift in assessing pain during movement-based activities rather than simply at rest. Goals include identifying biopsychosocial-behavioral factors implicated in MEP and associated physical function, while developing a collaborative intervention with older African Americans to improve knee pain and function/physical activity.

The Florida-California Cancer Research, Education & Engagement (CaRE2) Health Equity

The Florida-California Cancer Research, Education & Engagement (CaRE2) Health Equity is proposed by the University of Florida, Florida A&M University and the University of Southern California-Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center to eliminate cancer health disparities in Florida, California and nationally. The long term goals of the CaRE2 center are to reduce cancer disparities in Blacks and Latinos, to train and increase the pool of underrepresented Black and Latino scientists conducting health disparity research, to increase research capacity at FAMU, and to increase cancer disparity research at UF and USC-NCCC. The bi-coastal location offers access to uniquely diverse populations of Blacks and Latinos, facilitating in an unprecedented way, the study of cancer disparities in these incredibly heterogeneous populations.

A Stress and Pain Self-management mHealth App for Adult Outpatients with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD)

The long-term goal of Dr. Miriam Ezenwa’s research is to reduce stress and improve SCD pain control with less opioid use through an intervention with self-management relaxation/distraction exercises (RDE), named You Cope, We Support (YCWS). Americans living with SCD suffer recurrent episodes of acute and chronic pain, both of which are exacerbated by stress. Building on the successes of our prior formative studies, we now propose a well-designed, appropriately powered study to test efficacy of YCWS on outcomes (pain intensity, stress intensity, opioid use) in adults with SCD.

Contributions of Biopsychosocial Factors in Sickle Cell Disease Pain

In patients with SCD, pain results in an amalgam of negative physical and emotional consequences. A significant barrier to adequately address the pain of SCD is the insufficient information about underlying mechanisms affecting the variable degree and types of pain experienced by patients. Multiple biological and psychological factors known so far to contribute to other pain conditions are under-studied in SCD. Dr. Keesha Roach’s research will utilize existing data for several vasopressin-related biological/psychosocial factors and quantitative sensory testing (QST) to investigate these mechanisms (and potential interactions) in SCD pain.

Neural Mechanisms Underlying Psychosocial Contributions to Ethnic Group Differences in Pain

Dr. Ellen Terry’s research involves determining whether pain catastrophizing contributes to ethnic group differences in pain-related brain function, clinical pain and pain sensitivity among African Americans and non-Hispanic whites with knee osteoarthritis, along with the impact of an anti-catastrophizing manipulation on central pain processes and pain.

A Nurse-led Intervention in Patients with Newly Diagnosed Cancer and Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Feasibility Pilot Study

More than 100 million Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes and 1.8 million new cancer diagnoses are expected in 2020. Epidemiologically, a strong link exists between type 2 diabetes (T2D) and several forms of cancer including liver, pancreatic, and endometrial cancers. Given these linkages and the potential for improved oncologic treatment, it is imperative to detect and manage T2D in newly diagnosed cancer patients. Dr. Lisa Scarton’s long-term goal is to routinely screen for and effectively manage T2D in adults with newly diagnosed cancer. Attempting to harmonize treatment of two chronic conditions can be difficult for the treatment team and patients. In collaboration with their physician colleagues, nurses are well positioned and trained to bridge the gap between cancer and T2D care.

Social Justice Steering Committee

The Steering Committee for Social Justice has been created with the overall purpose of recommending systemic changes towards race and structural equality in the College of Nursing. The working group members will consider the three-part mission of education (curriculum), research and community engagement in moving toward strategic planning for anti-racism. The committee is composed of faculty, staff and students who meet monthly to facilitate the promotion and evolution of these initiatives.

Versie Johnson-Mallard

Versie Johnson-Mallard PhD, ARNP, FAAN

Associate Dean For Student Affairs
Jeanne-Marie Stacciarini

Jeanne-Marie Stacciarini PhD, RN, FAAN

Assistant Dean For Diversity, Inclusion And Global Affairs & Associate Professor
Department: College of Nursing Dean’s Office
Sally M Bethart


Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: Family, Community and Health Systems Science
Staja Booker

Staja Booker PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
Department: Biobehavioral Nursing Science
Jane M Carrington

Jane M Carrington PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Professor, Dorothy M. Smith Endowed Chair And Co-Director Of Florida Blue Center For Healthcare Quality
Department: Family, Community and Health Systems Science
Sandra W Citty

Sandra W Citty PhD, RN, APRN-BC

Clinical Associate Professor
Department: Family, Community and Health Systems Science
Jennifer R Dungan

Jennifer R Dungan PhD, MSN, BSN

Associate Professor
Department: Biobehavioral Nursing Science
Todd W Fraser

Todd W Fraser

Executive Director
Department: College of Nursing Dean’s Office
Michael A Maymi


Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: Family, Community and Health Systems Science
Kianna Simmons

Kianna Simmons

Academic Advisor II

Steering Committee Student Representatives

Carolina Morales
Tess Tumarkin

Think Collectively About Diversity

think collectively

Past “Think Collectively about Diversity” topics include:

“Think Collectively about Diversity” dialogues started in the fall semester of 2019 in the College of Nursing. This program provides an opportunity for faculty and staff to have conversations about relevant issues of diversity, inclusion and social justice. Meetings are held online every fourth Friday of the month, from noon to 1 p.m.

  • Implicit Bias
  • Leading effective conversations with students about racism
  • Handling social distancing
  • Ageism
  • LGBTQ+ identities


Black Graduate Student Organization

Black Affairs provides educational, cultural, social and leadership development opportunities to support the success of Black students at the University of Florida. In collaboration with a variety of stakeholders and campus partners, Black Affairs develops initiatives to provide community, education, identity- based and culturally responsive resources.

Asian Pacific Islander Desi Affairs

APIDA provides resources to enhance and promote intellectual and personal growth of students to explore and define their complex cultural and intersectional identities.

Center for Leadership and Service

The David and Wanda Brown Center for Leadership and Service provides the structure and resources to prepare students to become productive citizens and assume roles of leadership and service in a culturally diverse and increasingly complex society.


Gatorship’s mission is to build a more inclusive and equitable campus community one gator at a time by providing foundational social justice education, facilitating dialogue across difference, and empowering students to become social change agents within the University of Florida and beyond.

International Center

International students, and exchange students and visitors play an important role in the advancement of UF’s research and teaching missions. Their presence is key to enhancing UF’s tradition of global learning. The International Center is pleased to provide the services that make it possible for them to be here, and to do their best to create a welcoming environment during their stay on campus.

Pride Student Union

General resources for the LGBT community at the University of Florida.

Office of the Chief Diversity Officer

Working to ensure the University of Florida creates a broadly diverse environment necessary to foster multicultural skills and perspectives in teaching and research for its students to contribute and succeed in the world of the 21st century.

Student Success Services

It’s services, programs, and support structures are built with intentional breadth and depth, designed to support our changing student population.


Undocupeers is a training based on United We Dream’s Undocupeers Initiative and tailored for the University of Florida by Multicultural and Diversity Affairs in collaboration Chispas.


As part of a university-wide commitment to creating an inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible community (I.D.E.A.), the UF Health Science Center (HSC) has established a network of resources designed to further this mission across all six health colleges and the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

the time to act is now


Academics for Black Survival and Wellness was organized by a group of Black counseling psychologists and their colleagues who practice Black allyship. Guided by a Black feminist frame, they hope to foster accountability and growth for non-Black people and enhance healing and wellness for Black people. Academics cannot stay silent about anti-Black racism. Academics cannot remain silent in the face of racial injustice. Everyone needs to do their part.


“Academics for Black Lives” was June 19-25, and the UF College of Nursing proudly participated. However, our work is far from over. The purpose of this week was to intervene against anti-Black racism in academia and, in turn, enhance the safety and wellness of Black students, staff, faculty, and community members. The lists below are just a few resources organized by UFCON, the University of Florida College of Dentistry along with their Office of Student Advocacy & Inclusion and the University of Florida. There has been a lot to absorb over the last several months with events unfolding across the nation related to racism and social injustice. Many in our college – students, staff and faculty – feel the impact firsthand in both large and small ways. In order to truly enact social justice and show solidarity and care for our Black faculty, staff, students, residents, alumni and our UF College of Nursing and University of Florida family, we encourage you to take time to explore how you might promote Black wellness given your roles and environmental contexts. We face an immense, entrenched challenge. Each one of us has the power to affect change; to listen, and learn. This is just the beginning. The time to act is now.


Reading Recommendations

  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • Divided Sisters by Midge Wilson and Kathy Russell
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery
  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Fatal Invention by Dorothy Roberts
  • Locking Up Our Own by James Forman
  • The Miner’s Canary by Lani Guiner and Gerald Torres
  • The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism,
  • Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad
  • I’m Still Here; Black Dignity In A World Made
  • For Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  • The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray-Hinton
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Listening Resources

  • 1619 (New York Times)
  • About Race
  • Code Switch (NPR)
  • Intersectionality Matters! Hosted by Kimberle Crenshaw
  • Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
  • Pod For the Cause: Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights
  • Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)
  • Seeing White
  • Parenting Forward Podcast: ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt’ episode
  • Fare of the Free Child Podcast

UF College of Nursing HSC Library Guide

This list of resources on racism in health care is curated by your HSC librarians and is not designed to be exhaustive, but a place to start educating yourself.