Orientation Focuses on Diversity and Inclusion

School of Nursing students gather in Cole Hall to kick-off three days of orientation activities on September 19.

School of Nursing students gather in Cole Hall to kick-off three days of orientation activities.

The UCSF School of Nursing embraced nearly 100 Masters, 66 MEPN, and 8 PhD students with a three-day long orientation at the end of September. Interim Dean Sandra Weiss officially welcomed the students, who then heard overview presentations on Clinical Experts by Rosalie Bravo, Research by Jyu-Lin Chen, and Leadership by Mary Foley, as well as all Nursing MinorsDiabetes by Maureen McGrath, Genomics by Elena Flowers, Geriatrics by Lynda Mackin, Global Health by Emily Hall, Palliative Care by DorAnne Donesky, and Nursing Policy by Stella Bialous. Additionally, students heard strategies for success from Student Affairs officers and central campus experts from Office of Diversity and Outreach, Student Life, Student Health and Counseling Services, and Office of Sexual Harassment Prevention.

Diversity Focus

The focus of student orientation programming for day two highlighted diversity and inclusion. The Office of Diversity and Outreach and the School of Nursing’s Diversity in Action (DIVA) Committee introduced important resources available to students such as the Multicultural Resource Center, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Resource Center, and Office of Diversity. DIVA student representatives led the new student group through an interactive HEALS training session, sparking conversation and camaraderie. Dialogue ranged from the impact of unconscious bias in the health professional setting to how students and teachers can use the DIVA-developed H*E*A*L*S model to provide a structured approach in helping to create a respectful and inclusive learning community – both in the classroom and clinic.

Students at the DIVA Welcome Back Reception.

Students at the DIVA Welcome Back Reception.

DIVA Welcome Back Reception

The thought-provoking discussions continued with the following week’s DIVA Welcome Back Reception. This annual gathering open to all SON students, faculty and staff was hosted in the Faculty Alumni House on September 28. The evening would not have been possible without the oversight and efforts of Teashall Britton and Laura Wagner. Special guests included: Drs. Sandra Weiss and Howard Pinderhughes, and representatives from the UCSF Multicultural Resources Center and LGBT Center. The student DIVAs who led the evening’s conversation began with an icebreaker activity, which asked those in the room to introduce themselves and suggest the title for the would-be book of their lives. The answers were thrilling and powerful and ranged from: “Never, Never, Never, Never Give Up” to “Dream Bigger.” Dr. Pinderhughes facilitated a conversation regarding the type of learning community the attendees envision for learners here at the School. Students and faculty were urged to consider potential areas of focus as they enter a long tradition of excellence within the school and provided several touch points of significant change and progress in the last few years. Student concerns voiced at the event included a desired focus on: mental health/wellness, trauma-informed care – support for students, facilitation of more frequent student gatherings/open chats, awareness and understanding of what being an “ally” means and entails, and improved integration of social determinants of health into the nursing curriculum/inclusion of contextualization for disparities.

DIVA Welcome Back Reception Slideshow

DIVA representatives gathered in Faculty Alumni House for group photo.

Back row (left to right) Howard Pinderhughes, Jeneva Gularte-Rinaldo, Haruka Kelley, Amber Bell, Brianna Singleton, Karen Acevedo, Teashall Britton, Laura Wagner. Front row (left to right) Audrey Lyndon, Sarah Blake, Monica Lee, Debra Law, Erica Monasterio, Teresa Scherzer, Sheila Proctor. Very front row (left to right) Yewoubdar Beyene. (Absent: Schola Matovu).

Student DIVAs. Back row (left to right) Haruka Kelley, Amber Bell, Brianna Singleton. Front row (left to right) Sarah Blake, Mon

Student DIVAs. Back row (left to right) Haruka Kelley, Amber Bell, Brianna Singleton. Front row (left to right) Sarah Blake, Monica Lee, Debra Law, Karen Acevedo. (Absent: Schola Matovu)

Students at the DIVA Welcome Back Reception.

Students at the DIVA Welcome Back Reception.

Students at the DIVA Welcome Back Reception.

Students at the DIVA Welcome Back Reception.

Students at the DIVA Welcome Back Reception.

Students at the DIVA Welcome Back Reception.

(Left to right) Audrey Lyndon, Howard Pinderhughes, Catherine Waters.

(Left to right) Audrey Lyndon, Howard Pinderhughes, Catherine Waters.

(Left to right) Audrey Lyndon, Howard Pinderhughes, Catherine Waters.

(Left to right) Audrey Lyndon, Howard Pinderhughes, Catherine Waters.

Students at the DIVA Welcome Back Reception.

Students at the DIVA Welcome Back Reception.

Teashall Britton and Meredith Appelbaum at the reception.

Teashall Britton and Meredith Appelbaum at the reception.

(Left to right) DIVA Co-Chair and Academic Programs Evaluator Teresa Scherzer, Meredith Appelbaum, MRC Director LaMisha Hill, Di

(Left to right) DIVA Co-Chair and Academic Programs Evaluator Teresa Scherzer, Meredith Appelbaum, and Directors LaMisha Hill and Klint Jaramillo.

MRC Program Manager Evolve Benton and Director LGBT Resource Center Klint Jaramillo at the DIVA Welcome Reception.

MRC Program Manager Evolve Benton and LGBT Resource Center Director Klint Jaramillo.

(Left to right) Associate Professor Laura Wagner, Student DIVA Haruka Kelley, and Student DIVA Monica Lee

(Left to right) Associate Professor Laura Wagner, and Student DIVAs Haruka Kelley, and Monica Lee.

Student DIVA representatives introduce themselves and begin the evening’s program.

Student DIVA representatives introduce themselves and begin the program.

Student DIVA representatives introduce themselves and begin the evening’s program.

Student DIVA representatives introduce themselves and begin the program.

Student DIVA representatives introduce themselves and begin the evening’s program.

Student DIVA representatives introduce themselves and begin the program.

Doctoral DIVA representative Schola Matovu.

Doctoral DIVA representative Schola Matovu.

Professor Howard Pinderhughes leads the group in shared conversation during the DIVA Welcome Reception.

Professor Howard Pinderhughes leads the group in shared conversation.

Students listen at the DIVA Welcome Reception.

Students listen at the DIVA Welcome Reception.

Student DIVA representative Amber Bell shares with the group during the evening’s program.

Student DIVA representative Amber Bell shares with the group.

Student Affairs Officer Steven Johnson and Hannah enjoy the evening’s programing.

Student Affairs Officer Steven Johnson and Hannah enjoy the programing.

Students share at the DIVA Welcome Back Reception.

Students share at the DIVA Welcome Back Reception.

Clinical Professor Pamela Bellefeuille shares during the DIVA Welcome Back Reception.

Clinical Professor Pamela Bellefeuille shares.

Clinical Professor Pilar Bernal De Pheils shares a moment with Professor Howard Pinderhughes and the group at the DIVA Welcome B

Clinical Professor Pilar Bernal De Pheils shares a moment with Professor Pinderhughes.

Clinical Professor Pilar Bernal De Pheils shares with the group at the DIVA Welcome Back Reception.

Clinical Professor Pilar Bernal De Pheils shares with the group.

Student looks on at the DIVA Welcome Back Reception.

Student looks on at the DIVA Welcome Back Reception.

Associate Professor Laura Wagner addresses the group at the DIVA Welcome Back Reception.

Associate Professor Laura Wagner addresses the group.

Starting the New Year

This student orientation week again preceded the School of Nursing’s all faculty retreat, which took place at the beginning of October. Both events have time dedicated to student and faculty areas of interest and resources including diversity, research and writing skills, among others.

Student listens to presentation during Student Orientation in Cole Hall.

Student listens to presentation during Student Orientation in Cole Hall.

The remaining days of student orientation included welcomes from Associate Dean Judy Martin-Holland as well as Assistant Dean Michael Trevino, presentations on learning technologies, security, library resources, and more. For images from the student orientation, please see slideshow below:

All photography by Elisabeth Fall.

Student Orientation Slideshow

Students during the breakfast gathering before the start of student orientation events.

Students during the breakfast gathering before the start of student orientation events.

Students relax in Cole Hall during a transition between sessions.

Students relax in Cole Hall during a transition between sessions.

Faculty representatives (L-R) Lynda Mackin, Stella Bialous, Emily Hall, and DorAnne Donesky, provide an overview of Nursing Mino

Faculty representatives (L-R) Lynda Mackin, Stella Bialous, Emily Hall, and DorAnne Donesky, provide an overview of Nursing Minors as part of a panel presentation during orientation.

Students gather and meet at the entry to Cole Hall and the School’s orientation events.

Students gather and meet at the entry to Cole Hall and the School’s orientation events.

Students at the entry to Cole Hall for the School’s orientation events.

Students at the entry to Cole Hall for the School’s orientation events.

Students at the entry to Cole Hall for the School’s orientation events.

Students at the entry to Cole Hall for the School’s orientation events.

Students at the entry to Cole Hall for the School’s orientation events.

Students at the entry to Cole Hall for the School’s orientation events.

Students at the entry to Cole Hall for the School’s orientation events.

Students at the entry to Cole Hall for the School’s orientation events.

Assistant Dean Michael Trevino served as the master of ceremonies for the three-day long orientation events.

Assistant Dean Michael Trevino served as the master of ceremonies for the three-day long orientation events.

Associate Dean Judy Martin-Holland encourages the students to open themselves to inquiry and the spirit of the school, which is

Associate Dean Judy Martin-Holland encourages the students to open themselves to inquiry and the spirit of the school, which is one of community, diversity, and inclusion.

Florence Nightingale bust looks on over the gathering of new students at the School’s entrance.

Florence Nightingale bust looks on over the gathering of new students at the School’s entrance.