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Bettering Black Maternal Health Outcomes: UR Nursing Alumna Dr. Kamila Barnes Discusses Nurses’ Role

Friday, Apr 12, 2024 — It’s important for nurses to understand that they have the power to make changes that improve outcomes, said Barnes, a longtime maternal health and reproductive justice advocate.

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What Does Health Equity Really Mean? UR Nursing Experts Break It Down

Wednesday, Jan 24, 2024 — Two nursing and public health leaders define health equity, community-engaged research, population health, and social determinants of health in their own words.

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UR Nursing Receives 7th Consecutive Excellence in Diversity Award

Wednesday, Oct 11, 2023 — UR Nursing was one of 15 nursing schools across the U.S. to be recognized as a leader in diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Mitchell Wharton Inducted as Fellow of American Academy of Nursing

Saturday, Oct 7, 2023 — Mitchell Wharton, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNS, ACRN, AAHIVE, an accomplished educator, researcher, and clinician at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing’s 2023 class of fellows at the academy’s annual Health Policy Conference on Oct. 5 in Washington, D.C. 

Guest Essay: Celebrating the Right to Feel Joy in My Identity

Thursday, Jul 27, 2023 — Peter Bertoldo, staff diversity officer, reflects on all the wonderful things that happened when he found a sense of belonging in the LGBTQ+ community.

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Guest Essay: This Pride Feels Different

Thursday, Jul 27, 2023 — Staff diversity officer Jonathan Wetherbee reflects on his first Pride Month as a father, and how growing political division has made this year's Pride feel different.

In the Name of Pride

Thursday, Jul 27, 2023 — The UR Nursing Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion talks about the origins and significance of Pride Month for its summer newsletter.

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From High School to Health Care: East High Partnership Creates Pathway for Teens

Tuesday, Jul 25, 2023 — A collaboration with East High is introducing Rochester teens to the possibilities within a nursing career and expanding diversity in the health care workforce.

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PhD Candidate Martez Smith Receives UR Presidential Diversity Award

Friday, Mar 17, 2023 — Martez Smith, a sexual health researcher and social worker who has dedicated his life to HIV care and prevention, is a recipient of the Change Maker Award

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UR Nursing Alumni, Faculty Win Local, National Black Nurses Association Awards

Monday, Jul 25, 2022 — School of Nursing students, alumni, and faculty earned awards from the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) and its Rochester chapter (RBNA).

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Diversity Feature: A History of Muslims in America

Thursday, Apr 28, 2022 — The Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness shares a history of Muslims in America and their extensive existence in the formation of this nation.

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Wharton Co-Authors Article on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Academic Nursing

Monday, Feb 28, 2022 — Achieving equity within health care starts with the increase of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practitioners in academic nursing.

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School of Nursing Repeat Winner of Excellence in Diversity Award

Thursday, Oct 11, 2018 — For the second straight year, the University of Rochester School of Nursing has been selected to receive the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The UR School of Nursing is one of 11 schools of nursing across the country – and the only one from New York or New England – to be awarded the only national honor recognizing U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing, osteopathic, and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.


Diversity Feature: The Changing Face of Nursing

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 — At the vanguard among its peers in higher education, the University of Rochester School of Nursing makes it a top priority to create a learning environment that mirrors the changing demographics of the world outside its walls. Meet some of the students, faculty, staff, and alumni whose life experiences contribute to the school’s inclusionary culture and broaden the spectrum of health care professionals who will care for tomorrow’s patients.

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