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At Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, we strive to create and promote an environment that welcomes and engages faculty, staff and students from all backgrounds.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are important parts of that desired environment and are embedded in the core values of the College.


  • Undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs include relevant courses such as Community Health Nursing, Transcultural Nursing, and Dimensions of Cultural Diversity.
  • Faculty and staff at the Clinical Simulation Institute design simulation scenarios that incorporate patient diversity and promote cultural awareness.
  • Faculty development workshops feature national speakers on various topics, including one on identifying and managing generational differences in the classroom.


Through the Office of Nursing Research, our faculty members conduct scholarly research aimed at reducing health disparities and improving the health of vulnerable populations.

We also have a global health program that incorporates research and service opportunities abroad. Currently, we have international research and immersion activities in Cameroon, Honduras, Germany/Poland and Swaziland.

Student Programs

Barnes-Jewish College has a growing number of student activities that promote diversity and inclusion on many different levels:

  • Student Ambassadors is a student leadership opportunity within the College. Ambassadors serve in a public relations as selected representatives who promote GSON programs and services, participate in a variety of events and activities with College leadership, board members, alumni, community leaders and others. 
  • Veterans and Supports Together (VAST) is an online support group for students who are veterans, current military personnel, families of veterans, or those interested in a military career after nursing school.
  • Goldfarb Men Excelling in Nursing (GMEN) is a support group that provides a forum for male students and alumni to discuss issues and offer resources to enhance their educational and professional development.
  • Students Promoting Diversity in Nursing promotes a deeper understanding of various communities, health concerns affecting them, and recruitment of more diverse people into nursing.
  • Students Promoting Diversity in Nursing is a student group that fosters a deeper understanding of diverse communities and the health concerns affecting them and recruitment of a more diverse student body. 
  • Student Nurses Association (SNA) hosts book drives, fundraisers and other community volunteer activities that address the diverse needs of the St. Louis community.
  • Student Council is a student government organization that serves as a conduit for student voices in College affairs, promotes student leadership and professional development, participates in selected in community activities, plans and assists in coordination of social events, promotes wellness and acts as a liaison with the Barnes-Jewish College alumni and Barnes-Jewish Hospital Auxiliary.
  • Students Who are Parents (SWAP) is a support group with the primary goal of connecting students with similar life experiences. This group meets to plan activities, share tips for life/school balance, serve as mentor to new students, and hear guest speakers, present on a variety of helpful topics.
  • Student Services welcomes our international student population with a “meet and greet” at the beginning of each term.
  • Sigma Theta Tau (Honor Society) is an honor society that creates a global community of nurses who lead in using scholarship, knowledge and technology to improve the health of the world's people. Its mission is to provide leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research to enhance the health of all people. The College's Tau Iota Chapter offers membership to individuals in the BSN and MSN programs who demonstrate superior academic or professional achievement and leadership. 
  • We regularly sponsor events that celebrate and honor multiculturalism on campus. Past events include a brown bag seminar on Chinese culture and healthcare, global dance celebrations, and World AIDS Day remembrance.
  • We have staff members dedicated to recruiting underrepresented minorities into the nursing profession, and providing accommodations to students with disabilities.

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