The DRNE task force was founded at CSUEB in 2020 to actively address structural racism in nursing, and is currently Co-Chaired by founding members Dr. Alicia Swartz, and Dr. Claire Valderama-Wallace. Together the DRNE Task Force has grown to include over 15 participating members that include faculty, staff, and students from the CSUEB Nursing Dept.

Mission Statement

To facilitate the Department of Nursing at CSUEB taking an intentional and active role in dismantling racism across our programs, committees, and curriculum to deconstruct and remove racism in and through nursing education. This task force will establish standards for how our department embodies, operationalizes, and advances diversity, equity, and inclusion to promote health equity as part of who we are as CSUEB Nursing faculty, staff, students, and alumni. This mission is in alignment with the mission of CSUEB, the Department of Nursing, and our Core Values.

Long-term Goals

  • Departmental changes across programs, committees, and practices to embody antiracism and health equity focus of CSUEB students, faculty, and alumni
  • Structural changes to transform nursing education: e.g. AACN Essentials, accreditation standards, etc. with respect to racism, oppression, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • CSU system-wide nursing symposium
  • Pipelines for more Black nursing students
  • Relationships with local communities to reckon with the past, build trust, and increase number and success of nursing students from marginalized communities and backgrounds

Guiding Principles

  • Humility
  • Courageous leadership
  • Commitment to the bigger picture – broad vision guiding our work
  • Collaborative caring and liberation
  • Health equity 
  • Racial justice
  • Praxis: reflection and analysis to inform action