College of Nursing Building Diversity Efforts That Last

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Increasing student diversity is not only a matter of recruitment, but of initiating a more comprehensive effort that weaves diversity into the fabric of an organization, said Lisa Rosenberg, PhD, MSN, RN, associate dean of students in the Rush University College of Nursing. She cites the college’s three-tiered approach of organizational commitment, financial support, and right-fit recruitment and retention strategies as the essential components for a sustainable model to increase diversity.

This model has served as the foundation for creating a pipeline of students from under-represented populations and is the strategy behind the New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) program grant funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The NCIN program funds a group of diverse nursing students with scholarships as well as provides mentoring and unique leadership experiences. The college has created a distinctive mentoring program in partnership with the Chicago Schweitzer Fellowship using mentors who are former Schweitzer Fellows and now Fellows for Life. The college has also matched NCIN funding to create additional scholarships for under-represented students.

Read more about the College of Nursing’s diversity efforts here