Frontier Nursing University (FNU) is excited to announce recent changes to accommodate our Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, a plan to help diversify the nursing workforce in primary care to provide better health outcomes for women and families across the nation.
The university has added a Diversity and Inclusion Office, directed by Dr. Maria Valentin-Welch, DNP, CNM, MPH, CDP, FACNM. The office is currently staffed by three positions: Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator.
Dr. Valentin-Welch is working alongside Wilvena Bernard, whose title has changed from PRIDE Coordinator to Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, better reflecting her expanded responsibilities to serve all of FNU. The newest position, Assistant Director of DI, is now filled by Ms. Devon Peterika, who will continue expanding Frontier’s DI mission and vision, working out of the Versailles office.
FNU’s PRIDE Program (Promoting Recruitment and Retention to Increase Diversity in Nurse-Midwifery and Nurse Practitioner Education) has relocated to reside within the DI office. The goal is to expand the reach of the programming to impact the entire Frontier community. The DI Office will continue to work closely with all other offices, departments and committees.
Additionally, the PRIDE Program is being rebranded as FNU’s “Diversity Impact Program”. The new name embodies the importance of a diverse and inclusive environment that values and supports all members of the university’s community. To learn more about the Diversity Impact program click here.
A key element of the PRIDE Program for the last eight years has been the annual Diversity Impact Weekend, a conference encouraging diversity in healthcare. Under the direction of the Diversity Impact Program, Diversity Impact Weekend will continue to open the door for nurses to foster and strengthen collaborative discussions to address health disparities to improve minority health among underrepresented and marginalized groups.
For anyone interested in learning more about the program, there will be a Diversity Impact meeting on February 25 at @ 6:30pm (EST) & Wednesday Feb.27 @ 1:00p (EST). Multiple door prizes will be given throughout the session, so you don’t want to miss this!
To join the meeting, follow these instructions:
1) Use this link to log-in: http://frontier.blindsidenetworks.net/frontier/
2) Scroll down and select room “Diversity & Inclusion”
3) Use Password: welcome
To join this meeting by phone, dial:
(1-855-215-5935 toll free)
Then enter 23338 as the conference pin number.
It is also important to note that Pride Monthly Meetings are changing to quarterly DI Training Meetings for all students, faculty, staff, and preceptors. There will be two sessions (one day and one evening) to accommodate more live participation. Anyone unable to make it to a live meeting and wishing to know more about the Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at FNU, will be able to watch a recording.
FNU is proud to work in a community that prioritizes diversity in the health care workforce and is excited to continue building the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. If you have any questions regarding the initiative or changes, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.