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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.

Five young people wearing nursing scrubs and stethoscopes chat as they exit through the lobby of a building.

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 an important value at Bloomberg Nursing, in everything we do—from educating the nurses of tomorrow, to engaging in impactful research, to advocating for our communities. The Centre for Social Justice in Nursing will strengthen our ability to stand against all forms of racism, prejudice, and inequality.

Linda Johnston, Dean,
Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

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. 

To learn more about how you can help build a nursing-led team that will drive social justice in health care, please contact the Director of Advancement at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing.