“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
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.
Scholarships, Grants, Training
- Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program. Contact: Program Director Juan Enrique Gonzalez, firstname.lastname@example.org. Further reading about Diversity CRNA.
- Hemispheric and Global Initiatives
- HRSA Grant to Enhance Workforce Diversity. Contact: Assoc. Dean Johis Ortega, email@example.com Read more about the program.
- Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training Program. Contact: Assoc. Dean Johis Ortega, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship. Contact: Program Director Juan Enrique Gonzalez, email@example.com
- Jonas Scholars. Contact: Assoc. Dean Dr. Behar-Zusman, firstname.lastname@example.org
- LGBTQ Studies Minor Scholarship
- Miller School of Medicine: Diversity Programs
- Scholarships from AACN and Foundation for Academic Nursing
- More links to Financial Aid and Scholarships
Dean's Special Advisory Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Black Faculty
“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
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.”
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.”