The California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) was recently awarded a $2 million, four-year grant to help further diversity initiatives in the School of Nursing. The award was one of 30 granted this year by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Resources and Services Administration Division of Nursing.

CSUF is seeking to address the social determinants that create challenges for disadvantaged and underrepresented nursing students through the School of Nursing’s new project titled “Enrichment Markers of Better Relationships, Academics and Cultural Enhancement” (EMBRACE). Stephanie Vaughn, professor and director of the School of Nursing, tells

“Ultimately, the grant is going to help us graduate professional nurses who understand cultural variances, exhibit cultural competency and value diversity in the workplace.”

The funding will go toward hiring a learning specialist and counselor for the School of Nursing, a comprehensive review of the admissions process, and cultural competence training for faculty and staff. $600,000 of the funding is also earmarked for student scholarships to be awarded over the next four years. CSUF’s School of Nursing aims to increase the number of underrepresented students, particularly Latinos, across its undergraduate and graduate programs by 20 percent.

To learn more about CSUF’s nursing programs and diversity initiatives, visit here.

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