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The School of Nursing is committed to promoting dialogue and learning around diversity, fostering an inclusive climate, and supporting students from underrepresented groups.
Members of our community come from diverse and rich backgrounds in terms of race/ethnicity, sexuality, socioeconomic status, religion, immigrant status, and many other factors.
STREAM students receive peer support, mentorship, academic and financial support to help them attain their goal of becoming professional nurses.
News & Events
The School of Nursing’s first annual LGBTQ+ Health Summit aimed to educate current and future providers to provide better care for LGBTQ+ patient populations as well as to inform community members about this population’s unique healthcare needs.
Just two years after launching a new project designed to increase the number of Native American nurses in the workforce, the School of Nursing has graduated two students, Brianna Boston-Kemple and Alexandra DeSautel, from the Success Through Recruitment/Retention, Engagement, and Mentorship (STREAM) program.
The University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing is one of several organizations hosting a one-day Native Nations Nursing Summit in Menominee as part of an ongoing effort to increase the number of Native nurses in Wisconsin, particularly in American Indian communities. Currently, Native American populations experience significant health disparities compared to the U.S. population as a whole.
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School of Nursing Diversity Events
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Underrepresented Student Mentorship Program
Designed for pre-nursing, nursing, and graduate nursing students of color, this program provides an informal way to collaborate and build relationships with peers.
The goal is to cultivate a reciprocal and collaborative mentor/mentee relationship with mutual goals and shared accountability for the success of the relationship. Participants are matched based on interests within nursing.
Interested? Contact Theresa Watts.
School of Nursing PEOPLE Program
The School of Nursing works with the PEOPLE (Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence) each summer by participating in a health care high school internship and a middle school nursing career exploration workshop. PEOPLE High School and Middle School students learn the roles nurses play through clinical internships, simulation labs, field trips, and interactive activities.
Student of Color Talking Groups
One of the current School of Nursing Diversity Initiatives is to engage pre-nursing and nursing students of color more and understand what support and resources they need from the School of Nursing.
This is a peer-driven interactive space, and the feedback from these circles are used to assess the academic and social needs students of color have. Talking groups meet frequently throughout each semester.
The Lawton Grant was established to increase the retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students and reduce their loan indebtedness post-graduation. The award can range from $1,000 to $3,000 per academic year, with a maximum of 8 semesters of eligibility.
Nursing 510: Culturally Congruent Care
This seminar assists students in building self-awareness, increasing knowledge, and advancing clinical skills needed to provide culturally congruent, person-centered care to patients with diverse backgrounds. This 3 credit seminar fulfills the UW Ethnic Studies General Education requirement.
UW–Madison Diversity & Health Student Organizations
- MSNO (Multicultural Student Nurses Organization) is dedicated to improving the experiences of students and care of culturally diverse population across all levels of nursing education and care settings.
- AHANA: AHANA stands for African, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American. We are grounded in the belief of providing students with an essential, well-rounded perspective of the healthcare field, enriching experiences, and community service opportunities.
- MSMC (Medical Students for Minority Concerns) aims to introduce students to the health challenges of minority populations and their access to healthcare in Madison.
Resources for Understanding Issues of Diversity in Nursing
A compilation of websites, articles, and documents for download to support understanding of diversity issues, health equity, allyship, and more.