Awards for Diversity

Pauline W. Brown Diversity Award

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing will confer an award upon one student whose course work examines its subject using the lenses of race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and culture to analyze work in any discipline, or focuses on the contribution of women and men of all colors to society, history, culture, or thought in any area of study. Interdisciplinary approaches (that is, employing resources and perspectives from a variety of disciplines) and work that seeks to understand or explore its subject with the clear assumption of the interrelatedness, even inseparability, of race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and culture are particularly encouraged.

Students are asked to submit work that analyzes its subject using the lens of race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and culture, or that focuses on the contributions of women and men of all colors to society, history, culture or thought. All winners will receive a plaque and a monetary award.

To Apply +

Who is eligible? Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing are eligible to submit work that has been completed during and for a course of study. Students may submit their work directly, or their work may be nominated by any faculty or staff member. Past winners are not eligible for future competition.

What may be submitted? Research papers, essays (academic, clinical and personal), and other written work from all courses may be submitted. Poetry, visual arts, architectural plans, computer programs, and statistical or laboratory work should be accompanied by an interpretive essay. Work in languages other than English is acceptable but must be accompanied by an English translation. Students are not limited to one entry. It is essential that submission guidelines be followed exactly.


Please read and follow these guidelines carefully. Incomplete submissions cannot be forwarded to judges.

  1. Complete the information page.
  2. Complete the cover sheet.
  3. Prepare an abstract on a separate sheet of plain paper. An abstract provides a brief (no more than one page) summary/overview of your work. Be sure to emphasize the multicultural aspects of your submission. Include no references to your name or instructor. Creative and non-print submissions require instead an interpretive mini- essay (no longer than one page) that discusses motivation, purpose and multicultural elements. Submissions in languages other than English must be accompanied by an English translation.
  4. Again, be sure that neither your name nor your instructor’s name appears on the pages of your work.
  5. Submit your work, the cover sheet, the information page and the abstract electronically no later than April 10, 2024 at 5:00 pm to

If you have questions, please email Dr. Shielda Rodgers at or call her at (919) 843-2478.

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2023 Award Winner +

Hayley Jacobs: “Challenges and Issues in the Native American Culture”

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2022 Award Winners +

Laika Maganga: “Exploring Effects of Stigma Among Older African American Women Living with HIV”

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Deanna Stewart: “Implementing a Safe Space for African American Employees to Develop Individualized Racism Recovery Plans”

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2021 Award Winner +

Tarteel Suliman, the 2021 recipient of the Pauline Brown Diversity Scholarship Award received her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Spring 2021. Her work “Just respect. I am a human being…treat me like that, talk to me like that”: Islamophobia and the Healthcare System is a portrayal of the experiences faced by Islamic patients in the health care system. This project’s work is reflective of efforts to create health care systems that value all people and their culture.

Project Abstract

2020 Award Winner +

Lynwood Carlton, the 2020 recipient of the Pauline W. Brown Diversity Scholarship Award, is a three time graduate of the School of Nursing, most recently receiving his Doctor of Nursing Practice in Spring 2020.

His work Increasing Confidence in Sharing Knowledge About Depression with Barbers as Lay Mental Health Advocates: A Cognitive Rehearsal Project Utilizing A.D.A.A.M.-QR Web Design is a true representation of interventions that address diversity in the healthcare arena and reflects the ideals of the award. This topic was the true essence of attempts to provide care that is valued by the patient, maintains cultural practices, and has the potential to decrease health disparities in the area of mental health.

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2024 Award Winners

Rebeca Harris

Prenatal Inflammation and Trauma symptoms in Latina Mothers: The role of discrimination and growing up in an ethnic minority context

The race-based traumatic stress model proposes that psychological responses to discrimination parallel responses to traumatic stress. Cumulative discriminatory experiences and subsequent trauma symptoms may lead to prenatal inflammation, with far reaching consequences for the health of a mother and her child.

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Courtney Wilkins

Filling the Gap: Physical assessment of darker skin tones within nursing education

Appropriate Knowledge of the variance in presentation of diverse skin colors and underlying pathology is critically important because, without said knowledge, a healthcare provider may miss vital indicators of life-threatening conditions.

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HOPE Award

The “HOPE” (Helping Other People Excel) Award recognizes a member of the School of Nursing Faculty or Staff for fostering an environment that supports diversity in the School of Nursing. Such recipients may promote inclusiveness through their interactions with students and with co-workers.

The award is open for nomination by anyone in the School of Nursing (SON) community. The recipient will be selected by a specially appointed committee comprised of faculty and staff. Recognition for the HOPE Award will be a certificate given to the recipient. This award is given in the “odd” years.

To Nominate +

Nominees for the School of Nursing HOPE Award should be nominated for their efforts to foster an inclusive and diverse environment in the SON.

To win this Award, recipients must:

  • Demonstrate respect for all members of the SON community;
  • Create a safe environment for individual expression;
  • Encourage thoughtful consideration of diversity issues; and
  • Regularly attend or engage in SON Courageous Dialogues.

To nominate, the following should be submitted:

  • Name of Nominee:
  • Nomination made by:
  • Support for nomination addressing the criteria above (500 word limit):
  • Letters are encouraged from others in the SON Community to support this nomination. Letters are limited to 2 pages and no more than 3 supporting letters may be included with any nomination.

Completed nominations are to be submitted to Dr. Shielda Rodgers in the Office of Inclusive Excellence by April 15.