At Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, we strive to create and promote an environment that welcomes and engages faculty, staff and students from all backgrounds.
Our Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Committee is comprised of administration, faculty, staff and students who assume responsibility for campus-wide oversight, training and activities related to diversity and inclusion.
From classroom to simulation, our curricula aims to prepare culturally competent nursing graduates that understand, respect and appreciate individual differences.
- Undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs include relevant courses such as Community Health Nursing, Transcultural Nursing, and Dimensions of Cultural Diversity.
- Faculty and staff at the Clinical Simulation Institute design simulation scenarios that incorporate patient diversity and promote cultural awareness.
- Faculty development workshops feature national speakers on various topics, including one on identifying and managing generational differences in the classroom.
Through the Office of Nursing Research
, our faculty members conduct scholarly research aimed at reducing health disparities and improving the health of vulnerable populations.
We also have a global health program that incorporates research and service opportunities abroad. Currently, we have international research and immersion activities in Cameroon, Honduras, Germany/Poland and Swaziland.
Barnes-Jewish College has a growing number of student activities that promote diversity and inclusion on many different levels:
- GSON Vets is an online support group for students who are veterans, current military personnel, families of veterans, or those interested in a military career after nursing school.
- Goldfarb Men Excelling in Nursing (GMEN) is a support group that provides a forum for male students and alumni to discuss issues and offer resources to enhance their educational and professional development.
- Students Promoting Diversity in Nursing promotes a deeper understanding of various communities, health concerns affecting them, and recruitment of more diverse people into nursing.
- The Student Nurses Association hosts book drives, fundraisers and other community volunteer activities that address the diverse needs of the St. Louis community.
- Student Services welcomes our international student population with a “meet and greet” at the beginning of each term.
- We regularly sponsor events that celebrate and honor multiculturalism on campus. Past events include a brown bag seminar on Chinese culture and healthcare, global dance celebrations, and
World AIDS Day remembrance.
- We have staff members dedicated to recruiting underrepresented minorities into the nursing profession, and providing accommodations to students with disabilities.