School of Health Sciences Diversity Equity Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB)

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Mission Statement

The mission of the DEIB committee is to foster diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the School of Health Sciences in order to provide a psychologically safe environment for each student, staff, faculty member, and community that we serve. We also promote empathy and respect for differences, critical awareness, and analyzation of implicit bias, and encourage representation and for all individuals to be co-conspirators against bias and discrimination in any form. 

Who We Serve

Faculty, Staff, and Students in the School of Health Sciences who represent or serve the following historically marginalized and underrepresented subgroups: Race, Ethnicity, Color, Sexual Identity, Gender Identity, SES, language differences, National Origin, Spiritual/Religious Backgrounds, Military, Veterans, Homeless, Disabled/Differently Abled.

Areas of Focus 

  • DEIB in Faculty Hiring and Promotion
  • DEIB in Staff Hiring and Promotion
  • Communication in the School related to DEIB
  • Student needs related to DEIB includes Recruitment, Retention, Curriculum, Internships, and adequate Preparation to serve diverse patients and communities.

Reach out regarding event ideas, promotion of DEIB events, to share good news related to DEIB, with any questions or to get involved!

Activity Spotlight

Black Maternal Health Perspectives Panel Discussion

When: April 12, 2024
Where: Alton Auditorium, Stockton University
Time: 4:30-5:30pm 
Event Resources avaliable here.
Thanks for joining us to shed light on the challenges and disparities faced by Black birthing people in maternal healthcare. The panelist helped Health Science Students, Faculty, and Staff learn more about this major health concern from a truly interdisciplinary perspective (OB/GYNs, social workers, doulas, and community advocates). 

Black Maternal Health Perspectives Flyer



A Day in the Life of a Multicultural Healthcare Professional

Engage with the enlightening panel discussion that explored "A Day in the Life of a Multicultural Healthcare Professional." Esteemed panelists, comprising nurses, OTs, and SLPs from diverse backgrounds, shared invaluable insights into their daily experiences. Focusing on mentorship and advocacy, the event provided a unique perspective on these professions, fostering a meaningful connection between essential Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) concepts and real-world experiences.

Welcome from our Deans

As a School of Health Sciences, we embrace the importance of DEIB in serving our students, faculty, and community-at-large.  As Dean of the School, I am grateful to our faculty for their work and continued development of our DEIB programming.  I look forward to seeing the benefits of these important efforts. 

Dr. Brent Arnold

Dean, School of Health Sciences

Welcome to the School of Health Sciences Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) website! DEIB is at the center of nursing and nursing at Stockton University. Nursing is a profession that serves a critical role in health promotion, disease prevention, and restoration of individuals, families, and populations. Here at Stockton, we are preparing nurse generalists and graduate-level nurse practitioners as professional nurses with a commitment to lifelong learning and the capacity to adapt to change in a multi-cultural, interdependent world. The nursing program provides an environment for excellence to a diverse student body, including those from underrepresented populations, through an interdisciplinary approach to liberal arts, sciences, and professional education. I am hopeful that you find your exploration of our program and DEIB website helpful in bringing about DEIB to the university, your community, profession, and the world.

Dr. Sheila Quinn

Associate Dean for Nursing and Chief Nurse Administrator, School of Health Sciences

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the School of Health Sciences Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) website. As DEIB is being attacked on all fronts, now more than ever we must be a collaborative front, seeking to diversify our students, programs, and faculty.  Throughout my career, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging have been the cornerstone of my life; especially as it relates to the Health Sciences. As an educator, administrator, and Black man, it is extremely important to me that the Health Sciences are rooted in DEIB as we move to serving the needs of all communities.

Dr. Lee Evan Bryant

Assistant Dean, School of Health Sciences.  

Upcoming Events

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Trina L. Gipson-Jones, PhD, RN (Acting Co-Chair)

Assistant Professor of Health Science

Patricia Q. McGinnis, PT, MS, PhD, FNAP (Acting Co-Chair)

Professor of Physical Therapy

Amee P. Shah, PhD, CCC-SLP (On Sabbatical)

Professor of Health Science

Phillip A. Hernández, EdD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Associate Professor of Communication Disorders

Jennifer Calabrese, OTD, MOT, OTR/L

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

Lia V. Ludan, DNP, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Traci McCarthy, PhD, DPT, OCS, CSCS 

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

  • Multicultural Students in Healthcare
  • TogetHer
  • Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD)