The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is a vibrant and inclusive community that is committed to producing socially conscious health care leaders who are as diverse as the patients they serve. The nursing school has a long history of inclusivity. In 1963, the School of Nursing integrated Emory University by enrolling its first African American student, Verdelle Bellamy. Since breaking barriers at Emory more than 45 years ago, the nursing school continues to emphasize the importance of embracing diverse perspectives from students, faculty, and patients. Our students and faculty represent a broad range of cultural, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Our commitment to diversity can be felt both inside and outside the classroom. We encourage our nursing students to positively impact the world through nursing.
Diversity Initiatives in the School of Nursing
The Lillian Carter Center for International Nursing
The guiding philosophy of the LCCIN is reflective of the work of Mrs. Lillian Carter as a nurse and social activist. The LCCIN focuses on enabling nurses to address key health problems and issues of underserved peoples. All educational programs strive to adopt a “service-learning” focus, aiming at education that is engaged in addressing the real challenges and issues of international health using a nursing framework. Service learning gives students cultural awareness by exposing them to diverse populations from the elderly and homeless to refugees and immigrants.
Emory International Student Nursing Association
This organization provides nursing students with opportunities to directly interact with the international community in metro Atlanta and beyond through ongoing service projects, overseas study, and cross-cultural education. EISNA regularly hosts volunteer projects, Dinners Around the World, and Lunch and Learn events.
Alternative Break Programs
Emory nursing students travel to the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, and Jamaica during spring and winter breaks to provide critical care to medically fragile children and adults.
Farm Worker Family Health Program
This program is a two-week immersion experience, where students provide health care to migrant farm workers in Moultrie, Georgia. This program has treated more than 14,000 underserved farm workers and their families since it was established in 1994. The program exposes nursing students to rural health care.
Distinguished Lecture Series
The School of Nursing regularly invites speakers who represent diverse perspectives to engage with our students. The School has hosted global humanitarians such as President Jimmy Carter, Dr. Antonia Villaruell (President, National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nursing Associations), and Twilla Haynes (health care activist in Haiti).
Many of our nursing students are fluent in other languages. This year’s student body is fluent in 19 languages including Spanish, Cantonese, Japanese, Urdu, Swahili, and more. The School of Nursing maintains a Foreign Language Bank for these students, who are frequently called upon to participate in community events and host campus visitors.