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.

The Pauline W. Brown Diversity Scholarship Award is open to any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at the UNC School of Nursing.

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. Print or type (double spaced) your work on standard white bond paper. Again, be sure that neither your name nor your instructor’s name appears on the pages of your work.
  5. Submit three copies each of your work, the cover sheet, and the abstract. (A single copy of the information page is sufficient.)
  6. Entries may be submitted at any time throughout the year and must be submitted by April 4, 2020.
  7. Submissions are to be sent to:

Office of Inclusive Excellence
UNC School of Nursing
100A Carrington Hall, CB # 7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

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

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Susan Cáceres Araya, MSN class of 2018, is the 2017 recipient of the Pauline W. Brown Diversity Scholarship Award. Cáceres won the award for her submission entitled Overcoming Communication Barriers to Provide Family-Centered Care for Spanish-Speaking Mothers in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: An Interactive Curriculum for Continuing Education in Nursing. The aim of the project is to provide nurses in the NICU at UNC Children’s Hospital with a continuing education seminar on overcoming communication barriers to provide family-centered care for Spanish-speaking mothers. The objective of this seminar is to heighten nurses’ sensitivity to the strains communication barriers put on Spanish-speaking mothers. The curriculum is designed to promote self-reflection and elicit group discussions. Cáceres plans to work in a community health setting as a bilingual psychiatric mental health practitioner with a focus in perinatal moods disorders.

View award winning submission in PDF format.


Suzanne Brown Daly, PhD Class of 2016, is the 2016 recipient of the Pauline W. Brow Diversity Scholarship Award. Daly won the award for her dissertation study titled Racial differences in the quality of home health care: What are the contributing factors?. The dissertation study was guided by the theory of institutional racism. The overall purpose of the study was two-fold: to document whether there are racial differences in the quality of home health care between home healthcare agencies that serve a high percentage of African American patients and those that serve a low percentage of African American patients and, should racial differences be found, explore the relationship between specific factors (market, community, organizational, nurse staffing) and racial differences in an effort to provide information needed to affect policies to decrease racial differences in the quality of home health care. Results from the study provided mixed evidence for racial differences in the quality of home health care. Where racial differences were found, community and organizational characteristics were more likely to be associated with observed racial differences than were market and nurse staffing characteristics. Additional studies are needed to further our understanding of racial differences in the quality of home health care. After graduation, Daly plans to continue to pursue research focused on racial differences in the quality of care, specifically focusing on potential underlying causes of racial differences in quality of care between high and low minority serving healthcare organizations.

View the award winning submission in PDF format.

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.

Nomination for the “HOPE” Award

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 15th, [odd year].