Rush University

Chicago, IL
 Telling the story of Rush University and its school of nursing now involves emphasizing the culture of diversity and inclusion.

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 Round 1: 2008 – 2009
Oscar Aguirre
Maricruz Diaz
Jessica Garibay
Lisa Guili
Cynthia Jones
Giselle Martinez
Jessica Mason
Yosry Mezyed
Ashur Nano
Lance Oleson
Mitesh Patel
Pratixa Patel
Simendea Preston
Adam Spurlock
Courtney Watkins
Nichole Wilson
Anna Wojdyla
Round 3: 2010 – 2011
Amanda Boone
Raquel Fletcher
Ajit Kalayil
Andrew Kaufmann
Ana Maradinga
Guadalupe Noonan
Christy Ogbozor
Arturo Santana
Ashley Skahill
Round 4: 2011 – 2012
Frank Atta
Charles Clark
Vivian Mei
Jessika Palmer
John Parisot
Melissa Rivera
Nadine Silverman
Elizabeth Vo
Robert Wilkens
Round 5: 2012 – 2013
Chanel Acee
Alexandra Becker
Lyudmila Borun
Mariana Celis
Shane Cochran
Josefina Corral
Luaura Frantz
Rebecca Lai
Steven Lee
Maira Roman
Brett Stephan
Alecia Taylor
Round 6: 2013 – 2014
Simone Bonde
Sarah Cordon
Evelyn Gomez
Adam Horwitz
Luke LaVecchia
Jonathon Mauldin
Nely Nieto
Shalonne Pryor
Robert Schwartz
Luke Swift
Jasmine Valdez
Enrique Zaragoza
Round 7: 2014 – 2015
Alexis Anderson
Rashiek Bland
Akilah Chambers
Rachel Gonzales
Joi Henry
Thomas Kelly
Elizabeth Kramer
Ashley Roche
Christina Rook
Bradley Scurfield
Aileen Valenzuela
Increasing student diversity is not only a matter of recruitment, but of initiating a more comprehensive effort that weaves diversity into the fabric of an organization like Rush. This requires a three-tiered approach of organizational commitment, financial support, and right-fit recruitment and retention strategies, which are essential components for a sustainable model to increase diversity. This model has served as the foundation at Rush for creating a pipeline of students from under-represented populations. Relationships with colleges and universities with diverse student bodies, expanded social media presence, and creation of videos such as “Why Not Men in Nursing” and “A Culture of Inclusion” are just a few of the recruitment strategies the school has used.