HRSA Awards SON $2M to Support MENTORS Program

The UNC School of Nursing is delighted to announce new HRSA grant funding in the amount of $1,997,082* over four years to support a key program developed and directed by Associate Professor Shielda Rodgers entitled Meeting Educational Needs Through Optimization of Retention Strategies for Students, or MENTORS2.

The MENTORS2 program is designed to increase the percentage and retention of UNC School of Nursing students from underrepresented ethnic minority groups and disadvantaged backgrounds through a multi-pronged approach aimed at minimizing the negative impact of social determinants on academic success. Faculty members involved with the program include Ashley Leak Bryant, Bev Foster, Cheryl Giscombe, Coretta Jenerette, Tarshe Johnson, Mary Lynn, Kathy Moore and Hudson Santos.

With a primary emphasis on mentoring through peers, success and wellness coaches, faculty, and nurses from across the professional spectrum, the program aims to provide individualized support and strategies to improve academic outcomes for these student populations within the UNCSON, and ultimately to fill a much-needed pipeline of nurses of diverse ethnicities and backgrounds to serve the population at large.

“We aim to provide the diverse people of North Carolina and beyond the very best educated nurses,” said Nena Peragallo Montano, dean and professor of Carolina Nursing. “To do so, we believe it is crucially important that those nurses represent the populations they will care for, so we are thrilled to have this important project funded to better serve the needs of our students and ultimately of their patients.”

The MENTORS2 program will begin on July 1, 2017 and is funded through June 30, 2021*.

Congratulations to Dr. Rodgers and her team for this great work!

*subject to the availability of funds and satisfactory progress of the project.