For the second year in a row, the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) won the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, officials announced Tuesday.
The 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. UMSON was among 43 institutions nationwide recognized with the HEED Award and is featured in the December 2019 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity, the oldest and largest diversity publication in higher education.
UMSON has a diverse student population, with 48%of its total enrollment composed of students of ethnic and racial diversity, compared to a national average of 33 percent. Men compose almost 13% of UMSON’s student body, compared to 10%nationally. The School also attracts students from various socioeconomic backgrounds, supporting about 60%with substantive merit- and need-based financial aid.
The School has a variety of programs and initiatives related to diversity and inclusion, including an LGBTQ+ ally working group, headed by Jeffrey Ash, EdD, associate dean for diversity and inclusion and assistant professor, and a member of the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Diversity Advisory Council.