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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. 

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.

Program to show diverse high school students a path to nursing careers

A new grant enables Associate Professor Maja Djukic, PhD, and Instructor D’Hania Miller, MS, to develop a program for preparing high school students from diverse backgrounds to succeed in health care education.

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.

Veteran spotlight: Nursing student to take flight on grand adventures in the Navy

She earned a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, in 2020, and completed its ROTC program to become a commissioned officer into the Texas Army National Guard. In her current role, she helps plan medical logistics for her unit.

Santa Maria: Helping LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness begins with building trust

LGBTQ+ youth face many obstacles accessing health care services, and providers must overcome a multitude of challenges to build the trust needed to keep them coming back for the care they need. Dean Diane Santa Maria, DrPH, MSN, RN, FANN, discussed these issues in an Oct. 19 as part of UTHealth Houston’s Diversity and Equity Speaker Series.

HIV Research

Faculty explore diverse aspects of HIV care.

Simulating struggles

Students learn what life is like for families trying to make ends meet.

Diaz-Lewis Lectureship speaker discusses intimate partner violence and Latino immigrants

Duke University Associate Professor Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, PhD, MPH, RN, CPH, FAAN, identified acculturative stress as a primary factor contributing to intimate partner violence among immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries in the second annual Carla Diaz-Lewis Domestic Violence Lecture.