Achieving Diversity Initiative at UMass Amherst College of Nursing

Achieving Diversity Initiative at UMass Amherst College of Nursing A Comprehensive Approach to Nursing Workforce Diversity Enhancement is a wide-ranging Workforce Diversity Program (NWD), directed by Dr. Jean E.

Swinney. The Achieving Diversity Initiative: A Comprehensive Approach to Nursing Workforce Diversity Enhancement is a wide-ranging Workforce Diversity Program (NWD). The program will run over a three-year period 2012 – 2015, by Dr. Jean E. Swinney at the School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Amherst., and and supported by [HRSA] # D19HP24310-01-00

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Let's give a shout out to Haley Gould and Paige Bourdon from Smith Vocational High School's Nursing Club who have been admitted in to the nursing program at American International College and Fitchburg State University and will star in the fall...

Congratulation to you both!!! ... Beautiful and Gifted


Holyoke Community College Nursing Program students, recipients of ADI Scholarship began their nursing clubs at area schools. They presented thus far on; Vital Signs, Temp, Pulse and Respiration, Diabetes and appropriate nutrition, and Prevention of hospital acquired pneumonia.

The diabetes and pneumonia presentations were challenging but our ADI high school students met the challenge. During the summary period done by the Holyoke nursing students, it was clear the students had learned the objectives of the lesson.

Good Job to the HCC nursing student and our ADI high school students as well!


Congratulations to Willmary Vega, U-Mass, College of Nursing
(CON) Graduate 2016. She is the first to pass the NCLEX from the ADI program. Willmary is truly a success story! She will begin working at Baystate Mecial Center Emergency Room!



Achieving Diversity Initiative Awards Scholarships to Holyoke Community College students.
Congratulations to Nuria Ayala, Carolyne Bisia and Roberto Ramos. Happy studying and success as you complete your nursing education this May!


Holyoke Community College Nursing Students, recipients of ADI scholarship and or NCLEX review awards have started facilitating Nursing Clubs at surrounding Schools. West Springfield High School and Central High School students were able to hear first hand from presently enrolled nursing students. The nurisng studetns share their personal journey in terms of applying and attending nursing school.

In addition the nursing school students facilitated an instructional nursing club. One student presented on Vital Signs; temperature, pulse and respiration along with hands on experience on taking vital signs on each other. Another student presented on Evidence Based Practice; Prevention of hospital acquired pneumonia on neurologically impaired patients. Tough subject you ask... The high schools students were up to the challenge. They listened attentively and demonstrated interest in both topics. Many questions were raised by the high school students and answered by the nursing school students. All in a day's work at Achieving Diversity Initiative! Have a happy and safe weekend,

Peace out,


Happy New Year from ADI, 2016!

2015 started and ended with much success for ADI CON students. We saw the graduation and pining ceremony of 14 of our students.

These students participated in our ADI program. They were great partners in their participation as nursing club facilitators. They mentor and encouraged young middle and high school students from surrounding communities to explore nursing as a career choice. ADI salutes and congratulates these students and wish them success with their upcoming NCLEX.


Hello Everyone we are about to start a new year and have much to celebrate for the ending of this year 2015!

We just celebrated the graduation of our Second Bachelor ADI group of students. We wish that group much success with their upcoming NCLEX exam. We at ADI are very proud of each and everyone of the graduates!

Graduates we invite you to post your pining ceremony pictures. Common don't be shy, flaunt your success!

Paz, (Peace)


Hola Everyone, Saluations from me,Carmen Rosa and The Achieving Diversity Initiative (ADI). Chek out our very own 2nd batch student, Eddie Vazquez scholarship award from the National Hipanic Nurses Association,(NAHN). Send Eddie a warm shout out!
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Thank you notes are flying in the air from the Achieving Diversity Initiative (ADI). The thank you notes are for three nursing students who took time out of their busy schedule to serve as facilitators for the ADI nursing club (NC). They each committed only an hour of their time to facilitate a NC at area schools.

Thank you so much to N'mah Sakho, Eddie Vazquez and David Ehret from the second bachelors program at CON. Guys you are awesome!

N'mah, Edddie and David were a hit with the students from Holyoke Community Charter School in Holyoke, Chicopee High School in Chicopee and Zanetti Montessori Magnet School in Springfield. The nursing students first shared their unique journey concerning their interest in nursing as a career choice. Their stories serve as inspiration to these young students. The middle and high school students listened, they learned about vital signs (VS) and tried out their clinical skills taking each others VS. The room was filled with positive learning energy as CON and the NC students interacted and learned!

Thanks again N'mah, Eddie and David!!


Drum Roll Please:

N'mah Sakho is a second Bachelor's nursing student who said, "present", to the challenge of being the first student to facilitate a nursing club this year!! Who will be next? Stay tuned for that answer.

N'mah did an awesome job. Her topic and teaching was on vital signs (VS). The middle school students at Holyoke Community Charter School had an opportunity to try out their own clinical skills by taking vitals on each other. The students were very grateful for the experience.

Again congratulations to N'mah! Thanks, we all appreciate your contribution to the College of Nursing, Achieving Diversity Initiative at the University.


I bet your inquiry mind brought you to Achieving Diversity Initiative's (ADI's) page, right? Well, your inquisitive mind, (good for you),will have to wait until tomorrow 11/14/14, after the nursing club presentation is done.

However, since I have your attention, please contact me, Carmen Rosa, to connect and commit to our efforts. ADI addresses the goal of achieving health equity and better health for underrepresented populations by addressing the link associated with health disparities and workforce diversity by recruiting, mentoring,supporting and graduating a more diverse work force. Where do we start? You can invest a short amount of time by volunteering to visit and facilitate a nursing club at an area school. Your personal testimony and nursing experience opens the door for students to explore nursing as a career path. Do you want to make a difference in the mind of a young student? Join us, your investment will pay off!!


Hola, (Hello);Achieving Diversity Initiative (ADI) participants and friends,

My name is Carmen Rosa, Project Coordinator for ADI. We just had an ADI informational meeting at U-Mass, College of Nursing on 10/28/14. By the way we served pizza and refreshment.

Faculty and students were invited to learn about the purpose of the initiative. We discussed the need to collaborate, faculty and students in order to succeed in our ultimate goal to diversity the working force in the profession of nursing. The faculty present were receptive and signed up to facilitate nursing clubs at area high schools.

To the faculty:THANK YOU and HOORAY, you guys are the best!!!

To the students that attended and signed up for nursing clubs: Double HOORAY'S TO YOU!!!

And more HOORAY'S for the students who came to my office (room 223 at Skinner Hall) after the meeting and committed to facilitate nursing clubs as well!

Finally, even more Hooray s for a very successful nursing club recruitment event.

Stay tuned for other happenings..... coming your way....


Congratulations to Brittany and Nicole the 2014 Achieving Diversity Initiative Scholarship Recipients... We wish you well as you begin your journey to becoming a registered professional nurse.


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Amherst, MA

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The Achieving Diversity Initiative offices are located in Skinner Hall on the UMass-Amherst Campus


(413) 545-3793


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