1. Koszalinski, Rebecca S. PhD, RN, CRRN
  2. Jones, Emily J. PhD, RNC-OB

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Colleges of nursing are re-envisioning the PhD curriculum to align with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives. Through a unique opportunity to ground PhD study in DE&I, students virtually attended the inaugural university-wide centennial observance of the Tulsa Race Massacre.1 Writing assignments in Philosophy of Science and Epistemology courses included dialectics about the effects of social movements on the discipline of nursing. Recognition of regional history prompted self-evaluation of central truths. Readings exemplified scholarly work that addressed power and the generation of nursing knowledge in relationship to gender, class, race, and culture. Underpinned by Emancipatory Nursing,1 this coursework influenced the earliest stages of development of DE&I-driven nursing scholarship. Introducing DE&I early in PhD education enhanced students' ability to generate well-grounded research questions that considered social and structural inequities that shape health.




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