The University of Rochester has been selected to receive the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for the second year in a row.
The UR School of Nursing is one of 11 schools of nursing in the nation to receive this award that recognizes U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing, osteopathic and allied health schools that demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Individuals from countries such as Kenya, Guyana, India, Cameroon, England and South Korea comprise the school’s most recent 66-person class.
The school also has a Council for Diversity and Inclusiveness, in which faculty, staff and students can engage in dialogue in attempt to improve the campus climate.
Additionally, UR School of Nursing is focusing on hiring faculty from underrepresented backgrounds and this past year implemented a holistic admissions process individually review applicants’ capabilities instead of emphasizing standardized test scores.
“We’re not only building a community that looks like the world outside our walls, but by exposing our students to different viewpoints and life experiences, we’re creating a better educated, more culturally sensitive and attentive workforce that will be well prepared to meet the varied needs of the individuals we serve,” Dean of the School of Nursing and Vice President of the University of Rochester Medical Center Kathy Rideout said. — ROCHESTER FIRST