Inclusivity, Diversity & Equity Issues and Resources

Black History Month: Reflection and Recognition
What do Mary Eliza Mahoney and School of Nursing alumni Clara Adams-Ender, Frances McHie and Nasra Giama have in common? All are a celebration of the rich history and the future of black nurses. Mahoney was the nation’s first African American licensed nurse, while McHie was the first African American student admitted to the School of Nursing. This month—and every month—we honor the history and heritage of African Americans and the African Diaspora; their contributions to nursing practice, education and research continue to enrich the health of all. (Inside Nursing, Feb. 6, 2020)

Examining our implicit bias
The School of Nursing was fortunate to host Stef Jarvi from Office of Equity and Diversity for an Implicit Bias and Microaggressions workshop in February. The following is a pearl from that workshop.

All humans have bias. That’s a given. Our biases simply arise and insert themselves into our thoughts. Biases usually result from our cultural experiences, the media we watch or listen to, our family upbringing and so on. Also, biases are often implicit, unconscious and unexamined. Unexamined bias is a form of stereotyping that is often unintentional, automatic and outside of our awareness. Our implicit biases usually contradict our conscious beliefs.

What can you do about it? You could widen your circle of friends and talk honestly about bias. You could broaden your reading or media watching to include voices of people who are different than you and you could intentionally take note of your automatic reactions. There are many paths toward examining our implicit biases, which is the first step in changing them.

Are you aware of the Equity and Diversity Certificate program? Check it out! (Inside Nursing, March 5, 2020)

IDE In the News
Inclusivity, equity during a pandemic
COVID-19 is affecting all of our lives, every day. Yet some in our communities have been particularly affected because of their race. Asian Americans have been reporting increased hate speech and discrimination throughout the country. Black communities are more likely to be impacted by the effects of the virus because of health disparities and other inequities. Individual and systemic racism do not disappear during a pandemic. Now, more than ever, we need to address how our health care systems and society can reduce health inequities and better serve all people. Visit the AACN website for more information regarding how COVID-19 affects inclusivity and equity in nursing education. If you are experiencing bias or discrimination, you may contact the University’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action or other review resources specific to your concern. (Inside Nursing, April 17, 2020)