Diversity & Inclusiveness

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The UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing is unwavering in its commitment to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment. As nursing professionals and those who support nursing, we embrace the Nurses Code of Ethics which states clearly that “a fundamental principle that underlies all nursing practice is the duty to respect the inherent worth and dignity of all individuals.” Our commitment to this belief extends not only to our faculty, staff, and students, but also to the patients, families, and communities we serve. We are fully committed to the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, which prohibits all discrimination and harassment.

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.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs

Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN
Director
(919) 966-7767
rumay@email.unc.edu

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, the UNC School of Public Health and the UNC School of Dentistry with 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.