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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion


Our vision at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston is lead the advancement of health and high-quality health care for all. The rich diversity of Greater Houston area offers both opportunities and challenges to achieving that vision. 

Approximately 60% of our students come from underrepresented groups, bringing with them experiences and perspectives that will shape nursing education, practice, and research in the decades to come as we work to create a more equitable access to high-quality health care throughout our community and the nation.



Leading DEI

As an emergency nurse practitioner, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Elda Ramirez, PhD, ENP-C, FAAN, knows that illness and injury don’t discriminate. Promoting opportunities for inclusion and understanding among health care professionals is an important step in eliminating inequalities in the treatment patients receive.

A Patient’s Perspective

Les Frieden, a former patient and current faculty member of the UTHealth Houston School of Biomedical Informatics, describes the encouragement and support he received from nurses following a vehicle accident that left him disabled in this video introducing the Joan and Stanford Alexander Fellowship for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston. 

Three veterans earn 2023 Rodeo scholarships

Three of our Pacesetter Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students who will receive this year’s scholarships from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.TM Meghan Faught-McWain, Ernesto Treviño, and Jeff P. Thottukandathil are all U.S. military veterans who plan on working in critical care nursing.

NINR director emphasizes nurse researchers’ unique perspective during Cizik lecture

National Institute of Nursing Research Director Shannon N. Zenk, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, delivered the keynote address at the 2023 Jane and Robert Cizik Lecture and Reception.

DEI speaker series: Mathew Joseph discusses cardiometabolic disease in South Asians

Nitha Mathew Joseph, PhD, RN, associate professor at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston, spoke to the university community on April 19 at the UTHealth Houston Diversity and Equity Speaker Series on the dangers and health issues South Asian immigrant populations face.

Teaching the Essentials

Nursing students nationwide will learn important aspects of community health by following family of realistic characters.

Advocating for disabilities education

Assistant Professor Allison Edwards promotes disabilities education for all students pursuing health care degrees. 

Women’s History Month: Miller serves the community while advancing her career

A registered nurse for 22 years, D’Hania Miller is still striving for personal growth while also helping improve access to nursing education for women; particularly women of color.

A path to nursing careers

A new grant-funded pipeline program focuses on diverse students in underserved areas.

Black History Month: Nickerson makes his mark

A burning desire to help others has always been the calling card for Houston native Corian Nickerson.

San José Clinic Partners with CHPPR to Prevent Diabetes in Underserved Communities

San José Clinic provides a wide variety of primary and specialty healthcare services to uninsured and underserved communities in Houston. The Clinic has partnered with CHPPR to provide Diabetes Prevention Program referrals and with the UTHealth Houston Cizik School of Nursing to offer opportunities to Doctor of Nursing Practice students.

World AIDS Day: HIV research gaining momentum at Cizik School of Nursing

At Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston, faculty members and graduate students are exploring many facets of HIV and earning recognition for their efforts.