The University of Rochester (UR) School of Nursing has been selected to receive the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for the second year in a row.

The UR School of Nursing is one of 11 schools of nursing across the country to be awarded the national honor which recognizes US medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing, osteopathic, and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. The university will be featured in the December 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

Kathy Rideout, EdD, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, dean of the University of Rochester School of Nursing and vice president of the University of Rochester Medical Center, tells URMC.Rochester.edu, “Our sustained commitment to cultivating a culture of diversity and inclusion is reflected – among other ways – in our student body and their soaring graduation rates, putting us at the vanguard among our peers in higher education.”

The UR School of Nursing is comprised of a diverse student body with its most recent class of 66 students in the Accelerated Bachelor’s Program for Non-Nurses coming from across the US as well as from Kenya, Guyana, India, Cameroon, England, and South Korea. Thirty percent of those students are from underrepresented groups, and 21 percent are male, more than two times the national average of men in the nursing workforce.

To learn more about the University of Rochester School of Nursing’s diversity initiatives and recent Excellence in Diversity Award, visit here.

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