As 2023 comes to a close, we will be sharing a few highlights from the year on our blog. We hope you enjoy!
In 2023, FNU launched the Staff Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Ambassador program. This program mirrors the Nurse Educator DEI Fellowship program initiated by FNU in January. Ten faculty members participated in the 12-week initiative, which was fully funded by Frontier. A total of 15 FNU staff members are participating in the Staff DEI Ambassador program.
Like the Nurse Educator Fellowship program, the Staff DEI Ambassador program rejects the traditional DEI approach. It uses an individualized peer education model to facilitate the development of knowledge and skills to engage in anti-racism education.
The Staff DEI Ambassador program aims to promote the acquisition of DEI-related skills, build DEI capacity within the University, and evaluate a peer-to-peer education model to improve staff knowledge and engagement in anti-racism work. The program includes weekly 2-3 hour sessions culminating in a capstone project. Each ambassador will work with their assigned DEI Faculty Fellow mentor to develop their project. At the end of the program, the ambassadors will present their project to the FNU community.
“These initiatives came out of the President’s DEI Task Force,” said FNU Chief Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer Dr. Paula Alexander-Delpech, Ph.D., PMHNP-BC, APRN. “I am so proud that the university has invested in this important development and training.”