Office of Diversity and Enrichment Programs

Caps and Gowns for Graduation

Group of BSN students in caps and gowns

These BSN students are so proud to be graduating from the IU School of Nursing and to begin their careers.

IU School of Nursing has a wide variety of programs to help you succeed in your academic career and beyond. Our pre-college programs help you get to know nursing as a future career choice. After you are admitted to the IU School of Nursing, take advantage of support programs that provide mentoring and tutoring. Explore avenues to meet other students by getting involved in organizations like the IU Health Assembly for Men in Nursing.

Student awards recognize and encourage leadership potential in students of color and increase awareness and knowledge of the Native American culture. There are also two awards designed to recognize faculty and the key roles they play in mentoring students.

Research programs encourage and support the next generation of nurse researchers and scholars.

Enrichment programs bring nationally recognized experts to campus in order to facilitate critical and relevant discussions about a variety of topics in  nursing. 

Grant-funded programs provide financial support for traditionally underrepresented students who wish to pursue careers in nursing.

The IUPUI Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is also a rich source of programs and opportunities.

  • Pre-college Programs

    The Breaking the Myths of Nursing Summer Camp started in June 2011 as a collaboration among the IU School of Nursing, the Metropolitan Indianapolis—Central Indiana Area Health Education Center (MICI-AHEC), and Eta Chi Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. The program provides underrepresented minority students grades 9–12 with a unique hands-on opportunity to learn about the field of nursing from advanced practice nurses, nursing faculty, and current nursing students. Additionally, students learn how to prepare for college and nursing school. Learn more about the program.

    The Developing Future Nurse Leaders Mentoring (DFNL) program started in fall 2012 to provide an opportunity for future nursing students to be linked with nurses and nursing students dedicated to building their foundation to become a future nurse leader. Students along with their mentors meet four times a year. Students are a part of the DFNL program from high school through nursing school.

    IU School of Nursing participated in creating a non-credit course, First-year Seminar, in fall 2012 for students taking college courses at IUPUI for dual credit. The First-year Seminar is team taught by representatives from the IU School of Nursing, the IU School of Medicine, the IU School of Dentistry, and University College. It includes a teacher from Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School (CAMMHS). Retention improved overall due to this non-credit seminar and CAMMHS students reported that it helped with time management and study skills.

  • Support Programs

    The school supports the attendance of underrepresented minority students and their mentors to attend the Institute on Teaching and Learning Conference. The purpose of the institute is to provide scholars with the skills necessary to succeed in graduate study and to prepare them for success as faculty members at colleges and universities.

    The Office of Diversity and Enrichment offers several programs to promote overall success for all nursing students. Students who are facing specific challenges in their courses have access to peer tutoring and mentoring with the director of Diversity and Enrichment through the Academic Support Assistant (ASAP) Program. While these services are available to all students, IUSON developed these programs to address the unique needs of underrepresented and/or first-generation college students.

    Career Connections is strong component of IUSON's commitment to enhancing diversity in nursing education and practice. This program offers mentorship and support to any underrepresented students interested in the PhD program.

    The IU Health American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) organization, formed in fall 2011 at IUSON, is the only AAMN chapter in the state of Indiana. It has been instrumental in the recruitment and retention of men in nursing as well as creating an awareness of men in nursing.

    The Diversity and Enrichment Council is composed of administrators, faculty, students, staff, and alumni, as well as community partners. The group meets twice each academic year to discuss diversity as it relates to student recruitment, enrollment and retention, graduation, and partnerships.

  • Student Awards

    The LaVern V. Sutton Award award was established in honor of LaVern V. Sutton for her outstanding accomplishments as minority and foreign student advisor in the School of Nursing from 1985 until 1995. The purpose of the award is to support leadership potential in students of color in order that nursing can increase diversity in our nursing mentors and thus provide appropriate care to an increasingly diverse population.

    The Thomas Shanklin Diversity & Enrichment Award award is in memory of Thomas Shanklin. It is in recognition of the fact that he was a leader at the School of Nursing in promoting learning experiences about Native American culture. Projects receiving support must be related to the overall goal of the Diversity and Enrichment Advisory Council to increase awareness and knowledge of cultural diversity. Preference is given to projects focusing on Native American culture.

  • Faculty Awards

    The Sequoia Award award is presented to an IU School of Nursing faculty member who has demonstrated an effort to increase nursing students' knowledge and understanding of the larger community we serve. (In some cases, there are multiple recipients.) A special presentation is made the year following receipt of the award.

    The Special Ambassador Award award is given to an IUSON faculty member who makes exceptional contributions to impact international students by facilitating their successful completion of the program. A special presentation is made the year following receipt of the award.

  • Research

    The Diversity Scholar Research Program (DSRP) scholarship is offered by the IUPUI Center for Research and Learning and IU School of Nursing. The award is made to academically talented underrepresented nursing students to facilitate the success of the next generation of nursing researchers and scholars, specifically those from underrepresented groups. The IUSON recently supported two underrepresented undergraduate students through the DSRP. These students received financial support and academic mentoring from IUSON faculty.

  • Enrichment Programs

    The Davis-Sams Distinguished Visiting Professorship, named in honor of Anne Mitchem Davis and Dr. Lauranne Sams, provides an opportunity for a distinguished leader in nursing to visit the campus to make presentations and consult with faculty, doctoral students, and individuals within the larger community. Learn more about the program.

  • Grant-funded Program

    Indiana University School of Nursing received $50,000 to support students in the school's Accelerated BSN track who are traditionally underrepresented in the field of nursing and are pursuing second careers in the field. New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) is a program of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Five IUSON students each were awarded a $10,000 NCIN scholarship. In addition to a $10,000 scholarship, NCIN scholars receive other support to help them meet the demands of an accelerated degree program. All NCIN grantee schools maintain a leadership program and a mentoring program for their scholars, as well as a pre-entry immersion program to help scholars learn study, test-taking, and other skills that will help them manage the challenges of an accelerated program.