Diversity Facts

Increase font size
Decrease font size
About - Diversity Facts - Image 2

The School of Nursing promotes an environment that embraces racial, ethnic and cultural differences. It fosters cultural sensitivity in teaching, learning, practice and research through its Office of Multicultural Affairs.

In Spring 2008, UNC graduated its first full class of Carolina Covenant Scholars. The Carolina Covenant offers a debt-free education to low-income students. Through Fall 2008, UNC has awarded more than 1,500 scholarships. In addition, the university has launched a mentoring component of the program that matches students with volunteer faculty. Last year, the mentoring expanded to include peers, offering support to the incoming Covenant Scholars.


  • U.S. News & World Report: UNC ranks No. 5 among “Best Colleges”
  • The Journal of Blacks in High Education has ranked UNC No. 1 for six of the past nine years in the percentage of first-year African-American students


The School promotes a School-wide environment that embraces racial, ethnic and cultural differences. Through our Office of Multicultural Affairs, the School fosters cultural sensitivity in teaching, learning, practice and research.

In 2009-2010, persons of ethnic/racial diversity comprised:

  • 23% of BSN students
  • 17% of MSN students
  • 38% of PhD students
  • 13% of faculty
  • 30% of staff

Males comprise:

  • 11% of BSN students
  • 9% of MSN students
  • 13% of PhD students
  • 7% of the faculty
  • 24% of staff

The Office of Multicultural Affairs, SON

Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN
(919) 966-7767

Recent Highlights:

  • The office leads Courageous Dialogues, structured conversations in which School of Nursing faculty and staff participate regularly. Courageous Dialogues are designed to attack anti-flourishing mechanisms and power elements that perpetuate, accentuate, create and tolerate inequities.
  • A book club for faculty and staff increases cultural awareness, sensitivity and appreciation through open discussion.
  • The Pauline W. Brown Diversity Scholarship Award is given to a student who examines diversity in care through coursework.
  • A dozen men from the School’s Chapter of American Assembly of Men in Nursing participated in the National American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) conference held at Duke University.
  • The office has assisted the UNC Hospitals and Health Systems Nursing Department with the diversity component of their Magnet application as well as the University of Massachusetts-Lowell Department of Nursing, UNC-Charlotte School of Nursing and the UNC School of Public Health in their diversity efforts.
  • The School of Nursing’s Ethnic Minority Visiting Scholar Lecture Series highlights the research and contributions of ethnic minority nurse scholars. Past scholars have included Dr. Marilyn P. Chow from Kaiser Permanente, Dean of Georgetown University School of Nursing Dr. Bette Keltner Jacobs and Dr. Beverly Malone, the CEO of the National League for Nursing.