Loewenberg College of Nursing Recognized for Diversity

October 23, 2017 - The University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing is one of 24 health professions schools to receive the 2017 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The Health Professions HEED Award is the only national honor recognizing U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, osteopathic, nursing and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion across their campuses. The 24 honorees will be featured in the December 2017 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity.

"We are honored to receive this award," said Dr. Lin Zhan, dean of the Loewenberg College. "We have made concerted efforts to diversify our faculty and students since we included diversity as one of our college core values in 2011. Our faculty have used poverty simulations to educate students about social determinants of health, and through service learning providing foot care to the Memphis homeless population. Many of our Family Nurse Practitioner graduates practice in medically underserved areas. As nurses serve diverse populations, we have a professional responsibility to diversify the nursing workforce and serve our diverse populations as evidence shows diversity adds great values to quality care."

The Health Professions 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. We take a holistic approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a Health Professions HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus.

Gabrielle Maxey