Amy Hequembourg.

Amy Hequembourg

In the past several months, with the support of the JEDI fund and Committee, we have hosted several events, including a panel of professional Black nurses to talk about their experiences with racism; a conversation with Reverend George Nicholas, a central leader in the fight to improve the health and well-being of African American and other communities of color in the Buffalo region; an implicit bias training; and an interactive workshop to promote civility. I am particularly proud that we have started a new mentoring program that pairs our underrepresented minority students with professional Black nurses in our community to maximize retention and graduation rates for our students.

We have a long road ahead to create a nursing workforce that reflects our nation’s vibrancy, but I am confident that—with your support—the UB School of Nursing will do just that by successfully preparing future generations of nurses with the appreciation, humility and competence to care for their diverse patients.