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A Message from the Office of Inclusive Excellence

May 30, 2020

Dear SON Community,

The UNC School of Nursing Office of Inclusive Excellence joins the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion in condemning the continued acts of violence against Black people, especially Black men.

During these last months we have often found ourselves emotionally weary, and this week that is compounded by grief, horror and devastation over the incidents in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where George Floyd was killed by police officers with their knees on his neck while he pled that he could not breathe. This comes just just three months after Ahmaud Arbery was killed while jogging in his neighborhood, and we once again find ourselves trying to understand the senseless killing of an African American man.

When acts of hatred, bigotry and in this case police brutality grip our country, it is crucial that we reflect on what it must feel like to experience such tragedies — the impact on a nation, a community, a family, an individual. The looting and burning in Minneapolis will not right the wrong that occurred, but for some it may feel like the only way to be heard and recognized.

Today we encourage you to pause for a moment of silence to consider and commit to continuing our diversity and inclusive excellence work. Take the time to allow your hearts and minds to empathize with the Black community of Minneapolis, with the community of Brunswick, Georgia, and with our own colleagues and friends who are hurt, upset and angry.

As we continue to strive for excellence in nursing, please remember that creating an environment of inclusivity and diversity is absolutely critical to achieving that excellence. Let our School, community and profession be beacons of inclusivity for all people regardless of their uniqueness on any dimension.

Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence Shielda Rodgers is available at 919-641-7132 or srodgers@email.unc.edu as a safe place for expression and support. She will also be in touch soon with details for a Zoom listening session early next week.

Sincerely,

Nena Peragallo Montano, DrPH, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor

Shielda Rodgers, PhD, RN
Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence


We are Defined by What We Do

A School-wide resource for the proper understanding and judicious application of equity and multicultural concepts

In 1992, Carolina established the state’s first minority affairs office in a school of nursing. Since then, our emphasis has been on developing a positive, welcoming culture that focuses on the unique needs of each student, faculty and staff member, ensuring fair and equitable conditions for everyone regardless of ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, education or religion.

We are “can-do” while believing in, upholding, and enforcing statutes defined by “do not:”

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, genetic information, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other irrelevant qualification.

Inclusive Excellence Plan


Our Leadership

Shielda Rodgers, PhD, RN is the Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence in the School of Nursing and the project director for MENTORS2, a $2M HRSA grant-funded initiative to promote diversity in the nursing workforce.

Contact Us

The Office of Inclusive Excellence is located in 100A and 100B Carrington Hall.
Email: srodgers@email.unc.edu
Phone: 919.843.2478