Help nurses dismantle systemic discrimination in health care
The Centre for Social Justice in Nursing will integrate equity and inclusiveness in nursing education and on the front lines of patient care.
In 2019, 10 per cent of Canadians lived in poverty —a proportion that’s even higher among Indigenous people and new immigrants. As the COVID-19 pandemic laid bare, these social inequities affect both physical and mental health and access to health care.
Social justice is a fundamental value of the University of Toronto’s Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and has been since its founding as Canada’s first university-based nursing program just over a century ago. Situated in the core of the most diverse city in the world, we’re a key partner within one of the largest research hospital networks in North America, uniquely positioned to create The Centre for Social Justice in Nursing. This diverse network of practitioners and scholars will advocate for individuals and populations—recognizing the intersectionality of the social determinants of health, such as food security, access to clean water, adequate housing, and income—and tackle disparities inside and outside the classroom, our health-care institutions, and our society.
Social justice in nursing needs to be considered from the perspectives of students, educators, health-care providers, patients, and their families and communities. Your support of the Centre for Social Justice in Nursing will help build a nursing-led, interdisciplinary team of researchers, students, and partners from U of T’s vast health sciences network that will work toward reconciliation and help dismantle the systemic discrimination that ultimately prevents equal access to care and services.