Attempting to Measure Diversity and Inclusion

Reflections on racism and oppression in midwifery

The term “diversity” is widely used in health care literature.  The term “representative workforce” has more positive connotations than “diversity” as a condition towards which professions are striving as opposed to something white people are trying to do for or give to people of color.  The term diversity can be seen as problematic because it can connote diversity as a gift that white people and institutions aim to give to people of color.  Diversifying one’s profession, for example, allows whites to receive praise for their generosity and their role as actors in diversification.

What do you think about the term diversity?

Whether we like the term or not, it is commonly used.  Diversity, at its best, cannot be achieved or sustained without inclusion.

What do you think about the term inclusion?

Considering these terms are likely here to stay for awhile, what do you think about the idea of trying to measure diversity and inclusion?

Provided below is a list of institutions that have nurse-midwifery programs and have been granted the only national award recognizing institutions for their outstanding campus-wide diversity and inclusion efforts at the college and university level.  This recognition, titled the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, is announced annually in INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity publication in higher education.  The HEED award “measures an institution’s level of achievement and intensity of commitment in regard to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives, programs, and outreach; student recruitment, retention, and completion; and hiring practices for faculty and staff” (Insight into Diversity, 2016).  The 2016 HEED award was just recently conferred on the following institutions that have nurse-midwifery programs:

  • The Ohio State University, College of Nursing
  • Stony Brook University School of Nursing
  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • University of California San Francisco
  • University of Cincinnati College of Nursing
  • University of Minnesota School of Nursing
  • University of New Mexico College of Nursing
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Insight into Diversity, 2016).

Insight into Diversity. (2016). About the HEED award. Retrieved from

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