Graduate Nursing Society

The Dalhousie Graduate Nursing Society (DGNS) is
a student-based and led society that promotes social justice, equity, accessibility and inclusion through anti- oppressive leadership, mentorship, and community engagement.

The society fosters an anti-racist social environment and support system for graduate nursing students. The society is dedicated to anti-racist health promotion, collaboration and wellness for all and strives to promote interest and participation of the graduate nursing students in student governance and fellowship. 

The Objectives of DGNS are:

  • To provide anti-oppressive, accessible, inclusive, and equitable support for graduate nursing students, 
  • To provide a network for social interaction, inquiry, and community engagement among graduate nursing students,  
  • To provide two-way communication with various committees, groups, and within Dalhousie University (e.g., Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students [DAGS], Full Faculty, Research, Curriculum Committee, etc.), 
  • To provide mentorship for new graduate nursing students, and, engaging and supporting undergraduate students to understand graduate program offerings and encouraging/mentoring those looking to explore graduate studies 
  • To engage in ongoing development of the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (EDIA) and other initiatives in collaboration with the Centre for Transformative Nursing and Health Research (CTNHR), 
  • To facilitate accessible and equitable opportunities to gather in an intellectual and academic environment that support multiple ways of knowing 

More Information

We’re always looking for new students to join our executive team! If you have an interest in becoming involved or want to learn more, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing

DGNS meeting times/location are communicated to all graduate students in the School of Nursing via email. We welcome and encourage your participation!

Also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for frequent updates on events and more.

Facebook: Dalhousie Graduate nursing Society

Twitter: @DalGradNursing

2023-2024 Executive Team

  • Co-chairs - Erin McConnell & Madison Hickey
  • Vice chair - Emily Hudson
  • Treasurer- Dylan Shepherd
  • Equity Diversity Inclusion Accessibility (EDIA) - Opeyemi Adeyi
  • Secretary: TBD
  • DAGS Representative: TBD
  • Student Representatives on standing committees within the school of nursing: TBD

2023/2024 Committee and Council Representatives

  • Graduate student affairs committee - TBD
  • Graduate Studies Committee: TBD
  • Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee: TBD
  • School of Nursing Council:TBD
  • Research and Scholarly Development Committee: TBD
  • Full Faculty: TBD

Dalhousie Graduate Nursing Society (DGNS) acknowledges that Dalhousie University and the School Of Nursing reside on traditional Mi’kmaq territory. DGNS recognizes the responsibility of the nursing profession and its students to, work toward truth and reconciliation through the 94 calls to action. We are all treaty people.

DGNS also recognizes the histories, legacies, contributions and strength of the African Nova Scotian Communities who have resided in NS for over 400 years. We aim to celebrate Black excellence through representation, advocacy and true Canadian history.