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Belonging Statement

The College of Nursing welcomes and values all students, faculty, and staff. We create a culture of belonging and a varied learning environment both in the classroom and clinical settings through student networking and support groups, student recruitment and services, financial resources, community-engaged learning, community partners, and student clinical learning experiences.

Major foci for a wide ecosystem model for nursing  

  • Climate and Intergroup Relations 
  • Education and Scholarship 
  • Access and Success 
  • Institutional Viability and Capacity 

Action Plan

Our Strategic Plan affirms the school's commitment to advancing and supporting a learning community that promotes student well-being and actively recruits and retains students, faculty, and staff from various social and ethnic backgrounds.

College of Nursing Entities

Office of Outreach, Collaboration, and Organizational Enrichment

To assist in cultivating an intentionally welcoming campus environment with opportunities to learn and work in a dynamic learning environment, CON established the Office of Outreach, Collaboration, and Organizational Enrichment. Valerie Flattes, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, was appointed to serve as the inaugural Associate Dean for Outreach, Collaboration, and Organizational Enrichment to further the school’s belonging efforts and its impact on innovation, education, practice, research, and service. This role serves as a resource for people in the CON community to address areas of success and issues of concern related to member wellbeing.

Valuing Impact, Belonging, Engagement, and Success Committee + Task Forces

It evaluates yearly outreach statistics and experiences of in developing and implementing evidence-driven strategies designed to promote a welcoming and supportive environment for all. They incorporate AACN essentials for professional nursing education. The committee’s goal is to develop syllabi that include anti-bias and social justice content in all courses and all programs of study.  


  • Anti-Bias Curriculum Team    
  • Student Recruitment Outreach Team
  • Heritage Months Planning Team

Land Acknowledgment

We, at the College of Nursing, acknowledge that the land on which we operate, which is named for the Ute Tribe, is the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute, and Ute Tribes and is a crossroad for Indigenous Peoples. We recognize and respect the enduring relationship that exists between many Indigenous peoples and their traditional homelands. We are grateful for the territory upon which we gather today; we respect Utah’s Indigenous Peoples, the original stewards of this land; and we value the sovereign relationships that exist between tribal governments, state governments, and the federal government. We affirm the University of Utah’s commitment to a partnership with Native Nations and Urban Indian communities through research, education, and community outreach activities.