Diversity Digest Newsletter: Fall 2022

Fall 2022 Edition
AACN's Diversity Digest Newsletter
The Diversity Digest is a quarterly newsletter highlighting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives launched by AACN and member schools of nursing. Please send details about your school's DEI initiatives to cdowning@aacnnursing.org. For more information on AACN’s DEI priorities, visit the AACN website
In This Edition:
  • School Spotlight: Nova Southeastern University
  • Still Time to Register: 2022 AACN Diversity Symposium
  • 2022 Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability in Nursing Education Lectureship Awardees
  • Application Deadline Approaching: 2023 Diversity Leadership Institute
  • Supreme Court Hearings on Affirmative Action in College Admissions
  • ...and more!
School Spotlight: Nova Southeastern University
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Nursing Students and
Clinical Practicum Concerns
By Linda Treitler, PhD, MSN/Ed, RN, HNB-BC
Assistant Professor
Ron & Kathy Assaf College of Nursing, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Myers, Florida
As nursing faculty, we bear responsibility for creating a supportive learning experience for all nursing students. We have control over the classroom, skills lab, and simulation. We create our student learning objectives, curriculum, and assessment procedures. We make our classrooms places where students come to transform themselves into nurses. However, we cannot do it alone – as a large proportion of time as a nursing student is spent in the clinical setting. In addition to their clinical instructor, students interact with the staff at their clinical sites. Researchers have found that those interactions are sometimes difficult for students, especially for students who are culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) (Salamonson et al., 2019). 
When students cannot communicate proficiently in English or misunderstand the student role in a hospital setting, they risk being shunned by staff and missing clinical learning opportunities (Hagvquist et al., 2020). A CALD student once said she felt disrespected by nurses because of not speaking English fluently. She said, "I think language doesn't define knowledge. We speak another language, like that's all, like if she speaks [to] me in my language, I would sound knowledgeable. I want them to know that language doesn't define how my mind is."
Don't Miss This Year's Virtual Diversity Symposium! 
There's still time to register for the Diversity Symposium! Join us virtually November 9-10 and hear from thought leaders who offer valuable guidance to schools moving from awareness to action in their efforts to create inclusive learning environments. Explore this year's program and see why you and your colleagues should tune in and engage in important conversations that will help accelerate diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic nursing. 

Hear from the National Commission to Address
Racism in Nursing 
For the past two years, AACN has worked as a member of the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing to amplify, understand, and change how racism negatively impacts colleagues, patients, families, communities, and the healthcare system. This panel will provide insights into this important work and the opportunity for continued dialogue.
Join us and hear from G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, MSN, Professor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, and ANA Scholar-in-Residence; Kenya V. Beard, EdD, AGACNP-BC, Associate Provost for Social Mission & Academic Excellence from Chamberlain University; Lydia H. Albuquerque, DNP, ACNP-BC, Professor from William Paterson University, Sarah M. Killian, DNP, RN, 22nd National President of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated; and Blake K. Smith, MSN, RN, Board President from the American Association of Men in Nursing.
Recognizing Excellence in Academic Nursing
Congratulations to the Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability
in Nursing Education Lectureship Awardees!
Every year, AACN recognizes outstanding contributions made by schools of nursing that create inclusive academic environments where all feel welcome and possess a strong sense of belonging. Schools selected to receive a 2021-2022 Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability in Nursing Education Lectureship Award include:
Dominican University
Small/Liberal Arts Colleges
Claflin University 
Private Colleges and Universities
The Ohio State University
Academic Health Centers
Click here to read more about the award-worthy work underway at these nursing schools.
Opportunities and Resources
Application Deadline Approaching: Diversity Leadership Institute 
The application period for this year’s Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) closes at the end of the month! The DLI offers a unique opportunity to build your leadership capacity and explore the role of the Diversity Officer in academic nursing and nursing practice. This institute frames diversity within the context of higher education and academic nursing while presenting high-involvement diversity practices that can be deployed in a variety of settings by teams and by leaders.
This signature leadership development opportunity was created to stimulate strategic thinking and advance outcomes at each participant’s home institution. This program will increase self-awareness while building skills and capacity to engage on issues surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion. This program requires participants to develop a diversity activity to propel inclusive excellence tailored to their organization. Participants will present an implementation plan for their diversity activity to culminate this leadership institute.  Upon completion, the fellow will be awarded a certificate and an AACN Diversity Leadership Institute Badge.  
Application Deadline: November 30, 2022
Explore AACN's Diversity, Equity, & and Inclusion Faculty Tool Kit
AACN’s DEI faculty tool kit provides robust resources for many of your needs. During these times of change and uncertainty, faculty may find the content on Education and Scholarship particularly useful. This section offers strategies, tools, and in-depth readings to help you prepare, provide pedagogical development and support, and find resources for personal growth and self-reflection.
The Education and Scholarship section includes strategies to: 
  • Build faculty capacity
  • Create inclusive teaching and learning environments 
  • Find inclusive teaching strategies
  • Address diversity and equity topics
  • Develop cultural competence and humility
For each strategy, there are additional suggested tools and resources, such as: 
  • Inclusive pedagogies
  • Suggestions on how to navigate difficult conversations
  • Teaching race and racism
  • Incorporating health equity into the curriculum 
You will find many suggested readings to help you address DEI in your learning environment. Whether you are looking to incorporate more DEI into the curriculum, examining your own personal bias, or looking for strategies to address these topics in the classroom, you will find that the tool kit offers many different resources. 
National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education to Host Webinar Series on Race in Admissions 
The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADHOE) will host the second part of its webinar series aimed at addressing critical issues associated with the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming consideration of SFFA v. Harvard and SFFA v. UNC cases, in which higher education’s ability to continue to consider race in admissions has been challenged.
Part two of the webinar series begins on Monday, November 21 at 11:30 AM (ET) and will address institutional readiness strategies associated with possible outcomes of the SFFA cases. This webinar has a particular focus beyond admissions—addressing the broad, institutional efforts that can and should be pursued in the coming months regarding institutional DEI. Register here to participate.
If you missed Part one of the webinar series, watch it on-demand here.
Articles of Interest
Supreme Court Hearings on Affirmative Action in College Admissions 
October 31, 2022