Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council Update

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The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) leadership team and the Council on DEI of the School of Nursing have sponsored activities and shared information that addresses racial unrest and promotes equity. Here are a few of the events the School of Nursing has hosted over the past several months:


Open Forum Series: A series of three “Caring and Sharing Amid Racial Tensions Open Forums” were sponsored by the Council over the summer. These forums provided an opportunity for students in the school to share their personal experiences with racism, receive support from peers and Council members and recommend approaches to promote racial equity within the school.


Asian Pacific Islander Health Care Providers on the Front Lines, So Why the Hate? was sponsored by the School of Nursing in collaboration with UCLA Asian American Studies Center. Four panelists discussed Anti-Asian Racism in relation to COVID-19 and shared their personal experiences as health care providers and experts on social determinants of health inequities among racial minorities and Asian Pacific Policy. To watch the recording of this event, please click here.


Health Disparities and Covid-19: Stories from Alumni on the Front Lines: Sponsored by the Council on DEI and the school’s Office of Alumni Relations on Oct 6, 2020, this event featured four alumni from different SON programs discussing their nursing experiences and health disparities in the context of COVID-19. The panelists also shared ideas on how to promote health equity in the future. Attendees included School of Nursing alumni, current students, faculty, staff and nurses employed at UCLA Health. Moderated by Dr. Kia Skrine Jeffers, the panelists included (from left to right): 


• Benjamin Cioppa, (MSN 2019, Clinical Nurse II Emergency Dept, UCLA Health-SM)
• Jamaris Hunt, (MSN 2018, MECN, RN at US Dept of Veteran Affairs in West LA)
• Harold Sarmiento, (MSN 2016), Clinical Nurse II Emergency Dept, UCLA Health-SM)
• Soraya Setarah, (MSN ‘19) MECN, Acute Care Float RN, Providence St John’s Health Center, SM)



UCLA Four Health School Initiative: The Fielding School of Public Health, the David Geffen School of Medicine, the UCLA Schools of Nursing and Dentistry have developed a curriculum addressing anti-blackness for students, staff and faculty. The goal is to champion a cultural shift within the health sciences community (students, staff, faculty) that dismantles systemic racism and provides affirming educational and social spaces for black, Indigenous and other people of color (BIPOC). The curriculum will feature current texts, such as Ibram Kendi’s ‘How To Be An Antiracist’ and others.


University of California Health Sciences Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force: Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Deborah Koniak-Griffin represented the School of Nursing as a member of the University of California Health Sciences Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. The charge for this group was to identify effective and inclusive policies, practices, and/or assessments that aim to improve diversity, equity, inclusion and campus climate; increase accountability; and create opportunities to share best practices across all UC health professional schools.