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UM School of Nursing receives third straight HEED Award

The University of Maryland School of nursing (UMSON) received the 2020 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

This is the third year in a row that UMSON has been named a HEED Award recipient.

The HEED Award recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. UMSON will be featured, along with 44 other recipients, in the December 2020 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Health Professions HEED Award application is open to all accredited U.S. and Canadian health profession schools, including medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing, veterinary, and osteopathic medical schools. The award is the only national initiative that honors individual institutions for being outstanding examples of colleges, universities, or health profession schools that are committed to making diversity and inclusion a top priority across their campuses.

The HEED Award’s application includes questions related to recruitment and retention of students and employees, continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion. The program looks for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into their everyday work.

The university’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion kicked off “Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion,” a three-part series of half-day presentations and discussions for faculty and staff, on Nov. 4.

The series, presented by Steven K. Ragsdale, MSL, will explore the role that Baltimore has played in shaping the world’s concepts on race, gender, and health care politics. Presentations will include “The Unknown, Untold Truth: The Roots of Inequity and Racism in Health Care” and “Nursing and Deconstruction of Systems and Historical Group Think.”

Ragsdale is a senior consultant and former administrator with more than 25 years of experience building and managing hospital operations, developing health care innovations, and advancing pathways to better and safer care. His work in diversity, equity, and inclusion is guided by his deep understanding of and desire to appreciate concepts that drive difference as a normal part of society and how it animates behavior and performance over time.

He now provides expertise on standards of diversity, equity, and inclusion across medicine, education, environmental justice, and the law. As a lecturer, he provides guidance to students and professionals seeking to understand the value of socio-ecological modeling in developing culturally competent systems.

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