Leadership Speaks on Diversity

As a community of learners, The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences embraces and encourages a culture of diversity for our students, faculty and staff. The opportunity to provide our stakeholders an environment that is open, inviting, and inclusive, is key to a successful institution of higher education in the 21st Century. Our college is constantly evolving to meet the demands of our dynamic society and adapt to the changing nature of health care and higher education. We best accomplish that by assuring that we have diverse opinions represented when we have discussions and create plans to accomplish our goals. A diverse community comprised of people from a wide array of cultures, viewpoints, and backgrounds contribute to the diversity of thought essential to our college’s future and allows us to better support inclusivity within our student body, our faculty, and our staff.The college and the communities we serve are made stronger by a mutual exchange of ideas, so we have an obligation to see that the greatest variety of perspectives is brought to bear on issues before us as scholars and citizens. Diversity at the college is essential to our four core values of caring, collaboration, integrity and excellence.

Gail Kist-Kline, PhD President, The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences

At The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences, diversity is essential for the achievement of academic excellence. Diversity in the academic setting embraces race, ethnic background, religion, age, sexual orientation, disabilities, and political views, along with styles of learning, communicating, and thinking. Diversity enhances educational experiences where students and faculty interact with one another through respectful communication to prepare students to participate in a diverse, dynamic healthcare setting.

Bradley Jackson, MA Dean, Enrollment Management

Fostering a culture of diversity in people and experiences‐‐academic and non‐academic alike—is a crucial part of demonstrating the College’s core values of caring, collaboration, integrity and excellence. A diversified Christ College community is empowered to broaden its reach and deepen the richness of teaching and learning experiences that nurture professionals to serve in exceptional ways. Meaningful experiences hinged on the College’s core values simply cannot be realized in the absence of diversity.

Meghan Hollowell, Ed.D. Dean, Academic Support Services

Consistent with the College’s core value of caring – “to have respect for every human being and concern for the preservation of human dignity; to accept the diversity of cultures, and origins characterizing the global community” ‐ the College strives to provide a collaborative learning environment and to provide a value‐based educational experience that “prepares graduates to participate responsibly in a dynamic diverse society.” This is one of the main goals of TCCNHS. We must recognize that diversity and inclusiveness are integral, not only in preparing our students to participate responsibly in this globally diverse world, but also to expanding our own horizons and embracing the uniqueness each of us brings to the table every day.

Carolyn Hunter, MSN Dean, Operations


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