VUSN fosters inclusivity and understanding during Diversity Month

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office and Black Student Nurses Affinity Group are hosting Diversity Month 2023. Throughout February and March, different student-led affinity groups will bring in speakers and hold activities to promote inclusivity and an increased understanding of health equity and different cultures.

This year’s programming includes:

  • Monday, February 13, noon-1 p.m.
    “Echo Chamber: The Hidden Challenge (Maybe Danger?) to Nursing Diversity,” presented by Randolph “Randy” Rasch, PhD, MSN’79,, FNP, FAANP, professor and former dean of the Michigan State University College of Nursing. This event is hosted by the American Assembly for Men in Nursing Affinity Group.
    Register to receive a Zoom link.
  • Tuesday, February 14, 11 a.m.- noon
    “The Impact of Microaggressions on Students of Color,” presented by Vanderbilt University Counseling Center panelists: Aneesa Anderson, Social Justice and Inclusion Counselor; Amber Hopkins, MSN’22, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner; Jordan D. Mike, Urgent Care Counselor; and Martez Nelson, Social Justice and Inclusion Counselor. This event is hosted by the Black Student Nurses Affinity Group.
    RSVP for in-person attendance in NA 167
  • Tuesday, February 21, 11 a.m.- noon
    “What Does Faith Have to Do with It?” presented by Kate van der Hijden, MSN’03, Campus Staff Minister at the Medical Christian Fellowship/InterVarsity Fellowship. This event is hosted by the Medical Christian Fellowship.
    RSVP for in-person attendance in NA 167
  • Tuesday, February 28, 11 a.m.-noon
    “Advocacy, Activism & Healing from a Latinx Lens,” presented by B. Antonella Valdivia, Assistant Director of the Vanderbilt Student Center for Social Justice and Identity. This event is hosted by the Hispanic/Latinx Student Nurses Affinity Group.
    RSVP for in-person attendance in NA167
  • Monday, March 6, noon-1 p.m.
    “Immersive Experience in Embodied Labs: Virtual Reality with a Focus on Trans Health and LGBTQI Aging,” presented by Carrie Cusker, Director of Clinical Innovations & Strategy at Embodied Labs and facilitated by VUSN Assistant Professor Kanah Lewallen, DNP, MSN’09, This event is hosted by the Vanderbilt Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence/Geriatric Student Interest Group and VUSN Pride.
    RSVP for Zoom link
  • Tuesday, March 7, 11 a.m.-noon
    “APIDA Cultural Identity and Mental Health,” presented by Christy Chung. This event is hosted by the Asian Pacific Islander and Desi American Student Nurses
    RSVP to attend in NA 167

All events are open to the Vanderbilt community. For more information, contact the VUSN office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

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