Yale School of Nursing, Yale University's Graduate Nursing Programs

Yale School of Nursing

Diversity Action Committee (DAC)

Promoting Diversity at Yale and in the Community

The Yale School of Nursing has a strong legacy and commitment to better health care for all people. In this regard, YSN is committed to educational goals that embrace and promote diversity in all aspects of the institution. We are strengthened as an organization by having diverse faculty, students and staff. YSN defines diversity in its broadest context. We strive to celebrate, not simply tolerate, the differences within the body of our organization.

The Yale School of Nursing from its very beginning has played a major role in identifying and helping to close health disparities. Through our teaching/learning, practice and research initiatives we remain committed as a community of scholars and students to closing the gaps in health care. To this end, we will continue to engage in activities that identify and propose solutions to closing the gaps in health disparities.

In the summer of 2003, DAC members spearheaded the effort to build a Yale University-wide coalition of individuals and institutions to begin implementing education and training activities across Yale that enhance our understanding of diversity issues on campus and in the community.

The committee organizes and sponsors activities in the following areas:

Diversity Orientation and Socialization: Sponsor activities that promote and celebrate diversity within the YSN community.

Response to Discrimination: Educate and consult on matters regarding discrimination. Support workshops, seminars and programs that will help faculty, students and staff better manage challenges associated with discrimination.

Curriculum Development: Collaborate with the Curriculum Committee and the specialty directors to ensure that new and existing classes have appropriate content that addresses diverse populations.

Research Development: Encourage sensitivity toward diverse populations in the development of research studies, including the topics to be studied, the design of measurement tools, and recruitment.

Student Recruitment: Assist the Recruitment Office in efforts to significantly increase the diversity of the student population.

Faculty and Staff Recruitment: Provide input to the Dean and Administration on recruiting diverse faculty and staff.

SDAC (The Student Diversity Action Committee) at Yale School of Nursing works to make YSN a safe space for students of all backgrounds. SDAC comes together to discuss our concerns, needs, and accomplishments surrounding issues of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, both in the community and in healthcare. SDAC works to actively improve the state of diversity affairs at Yale through trainings and events, and to further engage the New Haven community through its work with Healthy Neighbors.