March 10, 2020: Diversity and Inclusion Guidance from Jane M. Kirschling, Dean

Updated 3/12/2020

Dear School of Nursing Community,

We are taking many precautions to keep our community informed about the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Leadership of both the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) will continue to work with federal, state, and local health authorities as well as campus experts to monitor this situation to provide appropriate guidance to the UMSON community and to our visitors.

As we take necessary precautions, please know that UMB and UMSON offices are available to address your concerns and questions. We also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone that we are a community, and we want to ensure that all feel welcome and safe during our educational and workplace pursuits. We urge you to be a shining example of the UMB core values of Diversity, Civility, and Respect.

Therefore, we want to offer the following guidance so we can all be vigilant and mindful of how an outbreak like COVID-19 can impact members of our community. It is everyone’s responsibility to look out and care for our fellow students, staff, and faculty.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also offer information on Stigma and Resilience as they relate to COVID-19.

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, we ask that you stay informed by reviewing the UMSON COVID-19 and UMB Coronavirus webpages twice daily and communicate any questions and needs you may have to the relevant offices.    


Jane Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor
University of Maryland School of Nursing