Diversity is interwoven into the academic research, and service mission of the school. With an overall minority student population of 60%, our school stands as a model of inclusive excellence that not only embraces but also reflects the cultural and economic diversity of the South Florida community in which it resides. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Hispanic ethnicities comprise around 48% of the region’s population. Residents of African descent comprise another 20% of the total. The tremendous atmosphere of global community that makes South Florida a great place to study, work and live also applies at our school.
Diversity awareness is the responsibility of all institutions of higher education and all educators. The concept resonates especially strongly for those of us preparing the next generation of the healthcare workforce. It’s important to attract and retain minority students in our profession because cultural sensitivity enhances both patient care and the conduct of nursing science. Healthcare scientists who are of the same race or ethnicity as their study populations have an advantage in terms of engaging research participants. Research bears out that cultural competence on the part of the caregiver positively impacts patient outcomes.
While minority groups account for more than one-third of the U.S. population, nurses from minority backgrounds represent just 19 percent of the nursing workforce. As educators, we have to do a better job of developing a workforce that reflects the patient populations we serve. Our school is committed to doing just that. Click on the below links to learn more about initiatives that enhance diversity, inclusion and the education of culturally competent healthcare professionals at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies.