Frontier Nursing University (FNU) is delighted to receive INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award for the third year in a row. The HEED Award is the only application-based national recognition honoring colleges and universities that show an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion across their campuses. Because FNU values the unique talents, backgrounds, religions and cultures that make up its faculty, staff and student body, it is a true honor to receive this award.
“Amidst the current social justice movement in our country, it is imperative that FNU serve as an agent for change,” said FNU President Dr. Susan Stone. “We know that culturally competent care improves health outcomes and begins with a more diverse healthcare system. We are proud to be taking a leadership role in this movement by educating an increasingly diverse student body, but fully recognize that we have much to learn and areas in which to improve. The HEED Award confirms that we are continuing to move in the right direction and to make meaningful progress.”
“The HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both — continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “We take a detailed approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being done every day across their campus.”
FNU’s commitment to emphasizing and valuing diversity and inclusion was formally instituted with the creation of the Diversity Impact Program in 2010. The following year, FNU held its first annual Diversity Impact Conference. In 2017, FNU established the position of Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO), which sits on the President’s Cabinet. Today, the Diversity and Inclusion Office has grown to include Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Dr. Geraldine Young, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator Chris Turley, and Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion Devon Peterika.
FNU’s diversity initiatives span all facets of the university, but one of the most telling and important data points is the percentage of students of color enrolled at FNU. In 2009, that number was 9 percent. In 2020, it has grown to 25 percent, numbers that University leadership are incredibly proud of, and a trend they hope will continue.
As Dr. Susan Stone said in her antiracism statement released earlier this year, “[FNU is] committed to building a culture that is inclusive and caring for all.” Her full statement condemning all forms of racial injustice can be found here.
To learn more about the steps, FNU has taken to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion, visit the diversity page and check out this recent blog. Additionally, if you want to be a part of a university with a passion for including and supporting students, patients, and staff of all backgrounds, please visit the FNU admissions page.