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College of Nursing | Diversity

The mission of the MUSC Office of Student Diversity is to promote an inclusive environment for all students regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age ability or socio-economic status.

The College of Nursing works closely with the Medical University of South Carolina Office of Student Diversity to promote an inclusive environment that fosters intellectual excellence and the true integration of a diverse student body into all aspects of academic life.

The College of Nursing is committed to embracing and drawing from the unique voices, experiences, and perspectives of our students, faculty, staff and volunteers in all that we do. Our commitment to diversity, health equity and inclusion informs and empowers us to reflect and effectively serve all of our constituents (Office of Minority Health).

We strive to attract, recruit, admit, retain and educate a diverse student body and faculty. We firmly believe that an atmosphere which embraces Equity, Inclusion and Access will enhance the educational and cultural experiences of our students, faculty and staff, thus making better world citizens.

In July, 2012, the Multi-Cultural Task Force became a standing committee within the College of Nursing: Membership includes representation from faculty, staff and students. Our mission is to promote an environment of respect, teamwork, and mutual understanding among students, staff, and faculty. We strive to create a safe and supportive climate that promotes diverse points of view and in which every person is treated with respect and dignity.

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Our Commitment, Goals & Principles

Commitment

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Nursing is committed to promoting equity, access and inclusion among students, faculty and staff. Nursing knowledge and practice must be sufficiently broad in perspective and content to meet the requirements of a diverse, multicultural population. We therefore work to foster a climate that is welcoming and respectful of all individuals and groups. Valuing diversity is part of the vision, mission, values, and philosophy of the College of Nursing and our Strategic Plan.

The College of Nursing strives to admit, retain and educate a diverse student body, along with faculty and staff. We are committed to promoting understanding and acceptance of social, cultural and economic differences reflected in ethnicity, sex/gender identity and orientation, socioeconomic status, language, age, physical characteristics, disability, pregnancy, veteran status, country of origin, citizenship, religious or political beliefs, military status, and others.

The College of Nursing works closely with the Medical University of South Carolina Office of Student Diversity to promote an inclusive environment that fosters intellectual excellence and the true integration of a diverse student body into all aspects of academic life. Request more information here.

Goals

  • Promote an environment of respect, teamwork and mutual understanding among students, faculty and staff.
  • Assist in recruiting and retaining students, faculty and staff from underrepresented groups.
  • Support the leadership development of underrepresented groups within the College, University and profession of nursing.
  • Provide a forum for the creation, promotion, and maintenance of activities, programs, and policies that further our understanding of individual and group diversity in all areas of the College of Nursing.

Principles of Inclusion

  • There is inherent dignity in each individual and group.
  • Inclusion is promoted through on-going education, open dialogue, and skill building.
  • Diversity, empowerment, equity and access enhances the educational and cultural experiences of our students, faculty and staff, making all of us better citizens of the world.

Financial Aid Information

The Medical University of South Carolina has an Office of Financial Aid Services

While all of the counselors are available to work with students, if you are an undergraduate student, please contact:
Nora Siwarski siwarski@musc.edu

If you are a graduate student, please contact:
Lindsey Drummond drummo@musc.edu

The College of Nursing has a scholarship program. To be eligible, admitted students must have a completed FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid.

Students are selected for scholarships based on financial need, academic performance, and scholarship criteria. Please contact:
Mardi Long longm@musc.edu

Scholarship Opportunities

The National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations (NCEMNA) is a unified force advocating for equity and justice in nursing and health care for ethnic minority populations. Incorporated in 1998, NCEMNA is a tax exempt (IRS 501 (c) (3)) non-profit professional organization.  This collaboration gives voice to 350,000 minority nurses and to the lived health experience of a constituency marginalized from mainstream health delivery systems.

Its goals include support for the development of a cadre of ethnic nurses reflecting the nation's diversity; advocacy for culturally competent, accessible and affordable health care; promotion of the professional and educational advancement of ethnic nurses; education of consumers, health care professionals and policy makers on health issues of ethnic minority populations; development of ethnic minority nurse leaders in areas of health policy, practice, education and research; endorsement of best practice models of nursing practice, education, and research for minority populations.

NCEMNA, Inc. is made up of five national ethnic nurse associations:

 
 
 

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