November 02, 2018

The College of Nursing received the 2018 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, which recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion, for the third year in a row.

“The College of Nursing embraces inclusive excellence as a core principle in producing the highest caliber of nurses and leaders. Our differences, shared with respect, dignity and integrity, offer learning opportunities and unlimited potential for mutual understanding, innovation and cooperation. The success of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts across all of the facets of our College, sets our graduates up for success in lifelong, dynamic and responsive service to local, national and global healthcare needs,” wrote Kathy Wright, PhD, RN, CNS, PMHCNS-BC, College of Nursing chief diversity officer and Rachel Choto, MSW, College of Nursing Equity and Inclusion Program manager.

The College of Nursing was among 35 institutions of higher education to receive this year’s HEED Award. The Health Professions HEED Award is the only national honor recognizing U.S. health schools and centers and is issued by INSIGHT Into Diversity, an online and print magazine that focuses on the role diversity plays in higher education.

The College of Nursing was eligible to win this award due to its high commitment to diversity and inclusion. Some of the initiatives which promote diversity on our campus include the Summer Institute for Discovering Nursing (SIDN), which strives to increase the number of students in nursing from underrepresented populations and NSPIRE, a student organization that raises public awareness of, and provides education about, healthcare inequities in underserved populations. The College of Nursing also offers a Diversity and Inclusion in Healthcare certificate, which incorporates required participation in activities such as volunteering, implicit bias training, watching diversity-related videos and participating in health screenings in vulnerable communities.

As a result of receiving the HEED award, the College of Nursing will be featured in the December 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

November 18, 2016

The College of Nursing received the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, which recognizes colleges’ and universities’ commitment to diversity and inclusion.

 

The College of Nursing was among 31 health professional schools across the United States this year to receive the award issued by INSIGHT Into Diversity, an online and print magazine that focuses on the role diversity plays in higher education.

 

The College of Nursing’s efforts to promote diversity include two annual programs to encourage high-school students to pursue the profession: The Summer Institute for Discovering Nursing (SIDN) and Future Nurse. Both programs are geared toward students from populations underrepresented in nursing. SIDN and Future Nurse are designed to give high-school students hands-on experience in nursing as well as information about nursing careers. Students and faculty from the College of Nursing volunteer their time over the summer to assist with the week-long programs.

 

Another diversity initiative in the College of Nursing is the “Diversity and Inclusion in Healthcare Certificate” that faculty, staff and all students are eligible to receive by attending several events throughout the school year including lectures, clinics, diversity-related recruitment, outreach events and community service. The goal is for participants to gain the attitude, knowledge and skills necessary for providing quality care to diverse populations. The college is also proud of its diversity committee comprised of faculty, staff and students.

 

“Diversity is a must for all of higher education. It’s especially important for all of the health sciences,’’ Ken Sigler, assistant dean for Student Affairs, Culture and Diversity, said. Sigler point out that in health professions, a gap exists between the number of patients in underrepresented populations and the number of healthcare professionals from those populations. “In an effort to sustain excellence, we want to graduate healthcare providers that better reflect their patients and possess a high level of cultural competency,’’ Sigler said.

 

As a result of receiving the HEED award, the College of Nursing will be featured in the December 2016 issue of INSIGHT into Diversity. The HEED award measures an institution’s level of achievement and intensity of commitment to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives, programs, outreach, student recruitment, retention and completion as well as hiring practices for faculty and staff.

Categories