The University of Florida College of Nursing is committed to fostering an environment that supports all individuals and values diversity, inclusion and equity. As nurses who strive to Care, Lead and inspire, we must express our core values of diversity, respect and courage in our thoughts and actions.
Student Groups and Programs
The goal of the International Nursing student-interest group is to generate dialogue about professional development and leadership for International nursing students.
The goal of this inclusive student-interest group is to build a safe supportive community that affords members the opportunity to generate dialogue about professional development and leadership for LGBTQ+ identified nursing students and allies.
The goal of the Men in Nursing student-interest group is to generate dialogue about professional development and leadership for male nursing students.
The goal of the Multicultural Nursing student-interest group is to generate dialogue about professional development and leadership for self-identified multicultural nursing students.
The purpose of the EMBRACE Program is to provide unique research and leadership opportunities for nursing students from multiple backgrounds, toward creating an inclusive environment for different viewpoints in the scholarly nursing community.
Research in Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. Staja ‘Star’ Booker’s study focuses on elucidating and understanding movement-evoked pain, or MEP, in older African Americans with knee osteoarthritis. MEP is an emerging concept and represents a shift in assessing pain during movement-based activities rather than simply at rest. Goals include identifying biopsychosocial-behavioral factors implicated in MEP and associated physical function, while developing a collaborative intervention with older African Americans to improve knee pain and function/physical activity.
The Florida-California Cancer Research, Education & Engagement (CaRE2) Health Equity is proposed by the University of Florida, Florida A&M University and the University of Southern California-Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center to eliminate cancer health disparities in Florida, California and nationally. The long term goals of the CaRE2 center are to reduce cancer disparities in Blacks and Latinos, to train and increase the pool of underrepresented Black and Latino scientists conducting health disparity research, to increase research capacity at FAMU, and to increase cancer disparity research at UF and USC-NCCC. The bi-coastal location offers access to uniquely diverse populations of Blacks and Latinos, facilitating in an unprecedented way, the study of cancer disparities in these incredibly heterogeneous populations.
The long-term goal of Dr. Miriam Ezenwa’s research is to reduce stress and improve SCD pain control with less opioid use through an intervention with self-management relaxation/distraction exercises (RDE), named You Cope, We Support (YCWS). Americans living with SCD suffer recurrent episodes of acute and chronic pain, both of which are exacerbated by stress. Building on the successes of our prior formative studies, we now propose a well-designed, appropriately powered study to test efficacy of YCWS on outcomes (pain intensity, stress intensity, opioid use) in adults with SCD.
In patients with SCD, pain results in an amalgam of negative physical and emotional consequences. A significant barrier to adequately address the pain of SCD is the insufficient information about underlying mechanisms affecting the variable degree and types of pain experienced by patients. Multiple biological and psychological factors known so far to contribute to other pain conditions are under-studied in SCD. Dr. Keesha Roach’s research will utilize existing data for several vasopressin-related biological/psychosocial factors and quantitative sensory testing (QST) to investigate these mechanisms (and potential interactions) in SCD pain.
Dr. Ellen Terry’s research involves determining whether pain catastrophizing contributes to ethnic group differences in pain-related brain function, clinical pain and pain sensitivity among African Americans and non-Hispanic whites with knee osteoarthritis, along with the impact of an anti-catastrophizing manipulation on central pain processes and pain.
More than 100 million Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes and 1.8 million new cancer diagnoses are expected in 2020. Epidemiologically, a strong link exists between type 2 diabetes (T2D) and several forms of cancer including liver, pancreatic, and endometrial cancers. Given these linkages and the potential for improved oncologic treatment, it is imperative to detect and manage T2D in newly diagnosed cancer patients. Dr. Lisa Scarton’s long-term goal is to routinely screen for and effectively manage T2D in adults with newly diagnosed cancer. Attempting to harmonize treatment of two chronic conditions can be difficult for the treatment team and patients. In collaboration with their physician colleagues, nurses are well positioned and trained to bridge the gap between cancer and T2D care.
Social Justice Steering Committee
The Steering Committee for Social Justice has been created with the overall purpose of recommending systemic changes towards race and structural equality in the College of Nursing. The working group members will consider the three-part mission of education (curriculum), research and community engagement in moving toward strategic planning for anti-racism. The committee is composed of faculty, staff and students who meet monthly to facilitate the promotion and evolution of these initiatives.
Versie Johnson-Mallard PhD, ARNP, FAAN
Jeanne-Marie Stacciarini PhD, RN, FAAN
Sally M Bethart DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PHNA-BC
Staja Booker PhD, RN
Jane M Carrington PhD, RN, FAAN
Sandra W Citty PhD, RN, APRN-BC
Jennifer R Dungan PhD, MSN, BSN
Todd W Fraser
Michael A Maymi DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC, CCRN
Steering Committee Student Representatives
Think Collectively About Diversity
Past “Think Collectively about Diversity” topics include:
“Think Collectively about Diversity” dialogues started in the fall semester of 2019 in the College of Nursing. This program provides an opportunity for faculty and staff to have conversations about relevant issues of diversity, inclusion and social justice. Meetings are held online every fourth Friday of the month, from noon to 1 p.m.
- Implicit Bias
- Leading effective conversations with students about racism
- Handling social distancing
- LGBTQ+ identities
Black Affairs provides educational, cultural, social and leadership development opportunities to support the success of Black students at the University of Florida. In collaboration with a variety of stakeholders and campus partners, Black Affairs develops initiatives to provide community, education, identity- based and culturally responsive resources.
The David and Wanda Brown Center for Leadership and Service provides the structure and resources to prepare students to become productive citizens and assume roles of leadership and service in a culturally diverse and increasingly complex society.
Gatorship’s mission is to build a more inclusive and equitable campus community one gator at a time by providing foundational social justice education, facilitating dialogue across difference, and empowering students to become social change agents within the University of Florida and beyond.
International students, and exchange students and visitors play an important role in the advancement of UF’s research and teaching missions. Their presence is key to enhancing UF’s tradition of global learning. The International Center is pleased to provide the services that make it possible for them to be here, and to do their best to create a welcoming environment during their stay on campus.
Working to ensure the University of Florida creates a broadly diverse environment necessary to foster multicultural skills and perspectives in teaching and research for its students to contribute and succeed in the world of the 21st century.
General resources for the LGBT community at the University of Florida.
It’s services, programs, and support structures are built with intentional breadth and depth, designed to support our changing student population.
Undocupeers is a training based on United We Dream’s Undocupeers Initiative and tailored for the University of Florida by Multicultural and Diversity Affairs in collaboration Chispas.
Academics for Black Survival and Wellness was organized by a group of Black counseling psychologists and their colleagues who practice Black allyship. Guided by a Black feminist frame, they hope to foster accountability and growth for non-Black people and enhance healing and wellness for Black people. Academics cannot stay silent about anti-Black racism. Academics cannot remain silent in the face of racial injustice. Everyone needs to do their part.
“Academics for Black Lives” was June 19-25, and the UF College of Nursing proudly participated. However, our work is far from over. The purpose of this week was to intervene against anti-Black racism in academia and, in turn, enhance the safety and wellness of Black students, staff, faculty, and community members. The lists below are just a few resources organized by UFCON, the University of Florida College of Dentistry along with their Office of Student Advocacy & Inclusion and the University of Florida. There has been a lot to absorb over the last several months with events unfolding across the nation related to racism and social injustice. Many in our college – students, staff and faculty – feel the impact firsthand in both large and small ways. In order to truly enact social justice and show solidarity and care for our Black faculty, staff, students, residents, alumni and our UF College of Nursing and University of Florida family, we encourage you to take time to explore how you might promote Black wellness given your roles and environmental contexts. We face an immense, entrenched challenge. Each one of us has the power to affect change; to listen, and learn. This is just the beginning. The time to act is now.
- Patient Engagement Learning Series: Addressing Pain Management Disparities in Black Americans – Presented by Dr. Booker
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- Divided Sisters by Midge Wilson and Kathy Russell
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery
- I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- Fatal Invention by Dorothy Roberts
- Locking Up Our Own by James Forman
- The Miner’s Canary by Lani Guiner and Gerald Torres
- The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
- Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism,
- Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad
- I’m Still Here; Black Dignity In A World Made
- For Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
- The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray-Hinton
- Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
- 1619 (New York Times)
- About Race
- Code Switch (NPR)
- Intersectionality Matters! Hosted by Kimberle Crenshaw
- Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
- Pod For the Cause: Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights
- Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)
- Seeing White
- Parenting Forward Podcast: ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt’ episode
- Fare of the Free Child Podcast
UF College of Nursing HSC Library Guide
This list of resources on racism in health care is curated by your HSC librarians and is not designed to be exhaustive, but a place to start educating yourself.