Diversity and Equity 

Our Commitment to Diversity




The UCLA School of Nursing’s mission is to foster and support an inclusive climate in the SON in which faculty, staff and students feel valued and are treated equitably. This involves consideration of the relations among faculty, faculty and staff, and faculty and students and a commitment to the core values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Philosophical Beliefs

• Diversity is essential for excellence in academic endeavors within the SON i.e., teaching research, service
• An inclusive environment is characterized by freedom of expression and dialogue, mutual respect, and consideration of differing viewpoints.
• Acts of micro-aggression, harassment and discriminatory behaviors on the basis of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs and immigration status will not be tolerated.
• We abide by the ‘Principles of Community” statement developed by the UCLA Council on Diversity and Inclusion

Council on Diversity and Inclusion

Council Activities Include:
• Serve as an advisory group to the Administration,
• Review findings of the Climate survey and consider next steps
• Develop plans for an educational series and lectures
• Support mentorship strategies for junior and mid-career faculty and students from underrepresented minorities

Members of the Council:

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Deborah Koniak-Griffin, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Jan Mentes (Faculty)


Anita Bralock (Faculty)


Rhonda Younger (Asst. Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)


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Janet Kang (Staff)

Jeffrey Chung (1st year MECN)

Jenny Kim (3rd year undergraduate)


Tammy Bathke (3rd year PhD, graduate)




With Diversity among UCLA’s highest priorities, Deborah Koniak-Griffin was appointed as the first Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the School of Nursing. In this role, she serves as a focal point for strategy, policy and practice related to increasing diversity and enabling a climate of inclusion within the school, including acting as a resource and strategic liaison to the new Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Jerry Kang.

Koniak-Griffin is a founding Director of the Center for Vulnerable Populations Research (CVPR) and Principal Investigator of many grants designed to advance scientific inquiry in methods for reducing health disparities. These studies focus on development and evaluation of health promotion/disease prevention interventions to eliminate health disparities among culturally diverse vulnerable populations such as pregnant and parenting adolescents and immigrant Latino women. The participants in her studies are predominantly poor and from underrepresented ethnic/racial minority backgrounds. Notably, her work employs community-based participatory research methods to ensure cultural sensitivity and maximize the acceptability and effectiveness of the theory-based interventions. She has established research collaborations and partnerships with community organizations and representatives in East Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley and South Los Angeles.