Frontier Nursing University (FNU) recognized the need to increase diversity within the nursing and midwifery professions, and in 2010, set out to increase enrollment of underrepresented students. Since then, FNU’s student of color population has increased from 9% to 30.1%.
OFFICE OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
The Diversity Impact Program is now a part of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) which was formed in 2018. The goal of FNU’s Office of DEI is to ensure students, faculty and staff are provided with an environment that promotes DEI and encourages the success of all community members.
The Office of DEI encompasses an atmosphere built on a culture of caring. The Office of DEI solicits the equitable perspectives of students, faculty and staff regardless of race, gender, sexual preference or identity, disability and/or religion. In congruence with FNU, the mission of the Office of DEI is to provide accessible nurse-midwifery and nurse practitioner education to prepare competent, entrepreneurial, ethical and compassionate leaders in primary care to serve all individuals with an emphasis on women and families in diverse, rural and underserved populations.
"DEI initiatives are beginning to revolutionize how healthcare providers approach their practice as we foster a more inclusive and equitable healthcare system by raising awareness, encouraging active voices, enhancing cultural safety, amplifying patient advocacy, and transforming organizational policies. Lessons learned in DEI initiatives will have a lifesaving impact on our work in healthcare. Together, we are shaping a future where health care is safe, accessible, equitable, and unbiased for everyone."
- Tanya Belcheff, DNP, CNM
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
FNU is a national leader in DEI and a six-time winner of the INSIGHT Into Diversity “Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, recognized 2018-2023. FNU is also a recipient of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Grant.
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“At Frontier Nursing University we oppose injustice and cruelty and condemn racism in all its forms. We support peaceful protests and demonstrations and join all those working to end systemic racism, racial violence, and police brutality. We are committed to building a culture that is inclusive and caring for all.” ~Dr. Susan Stone, FNU President~
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