Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion [scroll down]




"We must continue to advocate for equity not only in our own health practice, but more broadly across the health care system and society at large." —Dean Cindy L. Munro

At the School of Nursing and Health Studies, equity is woven into our academic, research, and service mission. As educators, we prepare compassionate professionals who reflect and respect the diverse populations we serve. In alignment with the University of Miami Culture of Belonging, SONHS remains deeply committed to enhancing diversity, modeling inclusion and cultural humility, and advancing health for all through science, scholarship, and service across the hemisphere.

Dean Munro and Members of the Class of 2019
“The University has created an atmosphere that lets me know I belong here. This idea of inclusivity, in which people of all races, ethnicities, and colors are welcome to the institution sends a message that we all have a space here and something valuable to contribute to the University and each other." — Chante Washington-Oates, BSN '07, PhD '18, Postdoctoral Associate 2018-20

Read more about Dr. Washington-Oates

Commitment to social justice underpins all of the health professions.

As health professionals and human beings, it is our duty to take meaningful action to dismantle the inequities, biases, and systemic racism affecting public health and well-being.

Read more from Dean Munro.

Scholarships, Grants, Training

Dean's Special Advisory Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Black Faculty

Established July 2020, the committee is devoted to recruiting and retaining underrepresented educators at the School of Nursing and Health Studies. Members, clockwise from top left: Dean Cindy Munro, Dr. Debbie Anglade, Dr. Victoria Behar-Zusman, Dr. Nichole Crenshaw, Dr. Denise Vidot, Dr. Regine Placide-Reaves, and Dr. Charles Downs

PEERS Program

Ambassadors in the PEERS Program (Prepare, Educate, Emulate, Recruit, Sustain) act as a support network for prospective and current SONHS students. Contact: Isabella Figueroa, i.figueroa5@miami.edu, 305-284-2533
“The thing I love about UM is that people are so friendly and open to helping each other. Building these relationships helps students know they’ll always be supported. As the first person in my family to go to college, being a PEERS Program ambassador reminds me of my own triumphs in life and helps me fulfill my goal of always giving back to my community.” —DNP student Karen Elias, MSN '19

Each of us has value to add to our surroundings and the responsibility to create a safe and healthy learning environment.

At the School of Nursing and Health Studies, we represent a wide range of ethnicities and experiences, backgrounds and beliefs, ages and abilities. While this vibrant diversity is invaluable, it is not enough. We aim to foster a genuinely inclusive, welcoming environment in which all individuals are empowered to explore the complex, intersecting identities that make us unique—and uniquely human. Embracing and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion enables us to expand our perspectives, enrich our education, and effect change in our communities and in ourselves.

Research & News

University & National Resources

Asst. Prof. of Clinical Kenya Snowden, DNP, APRN, director, Family Nurse Practitioner Program

“From the beginning of their time at SONHS, I help students realize advanced degrees are achievable no matter what their background is. Planting that seed early sets them up for success.”

Ashley Falcon, PhD, MPH (she/her), Asst. Prof. of Clinical, Public Health

  • Co-chair, President’s Coalition on Sexual Violence Prevention and Education. Learn more.
  • Ally for S.A.R.T. (Sexual Assault Response Team): 305-798-6666
  • IBIS Ally Network member

Contact: 305-284-6026 afalcon1@miami.edu

Cynthia Foronda, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, FAAN, Assoc. Prof. of Clinical

“Cultural humility is a process of being open, self-aware, and egoless. It improves our ability to communicate, recognize and appreciate differences, and establish partnerships. We want people to feel they are on the horizontal plane of being equally valued.”

Further reading.

Andrew W. Porter, PhD, Asst. Prof. of Clinical, Public Health

“In our Health Disparities class with Dr. Porter (pictured), we learned not just about racial diversity, but about diversity of thought and different marginalized communities, like the LGBTQ community, and how preconceived notions people may have about these populations could affect the provision of care.” —Nyota-Nteyi Edjidjimo, BSN '20

Prof. of Clinical Juan E. Gonzalez, PhD, CRNA, director, DNP Program -Nurse Anesthesia Track

“We are in a very good location for diversity. Through clinical site placements, students of all backgrounds become even more aware of the importance of taking care of underserved demographics and serving where the need is greatest. If you increase the number of culturally competent providers patients can identify with, those patients may be more likely to follow up with their care.”

What Can I Do?

Want to promote the culture of respect, inclusion, and belonging at SONHS? Here are a few tips for creating a welcoming atmosphere:

  1. Treat everyone with dignity and respect. A core ethical principle of the World Health Organization is “to respect the dignity, worth, equality, diversity, and privacy of all persons.”
  2. Be curious and considerate. Engage thoughtfully about cultures, races, religions, orientations, and other diversity markers represented by those around you.
  3. When planning events, etc, consider varying beliefs, practices, and customs.
  4. Listen and learn. Take a class (we've got several!). Ask for movie, reading, and other recommendations that could expand your horizons.
  5. Apply cultural humility: In a multicultural world where power imbalances exist, practice being open, self-aware, and egoless in your interactions.
  6. Take action. Become an ally for those who may feel they lack acceptance and support.

Call 305-284-4325 or email sonhs@miami.edu for more on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion initiatives at the School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Tags: cultural humility, transcultural health, diversity, inclusion, workforce diversity, cultural competence, cultural sensitivity, social justice, equity


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