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Climate and Diversity

About Diversity at the College of Nursing

Enrollment at the Texas A&M College of Nursing has grown nearly 10-fold, from a laudable inaugural class of 44 undergraduate students to approximately 400 undergraduate and graduate students in the college of nursing’s first 10 years. Growing from one campus in Bryan-College Station, students are now geographically served and accommodated at multiple locations including Bryan-College Station, Round Rock, Lufkin and McAllen, Texas.

During the college’s first decade, course delivery methods were expanded to offer more diverse instructional ‘classroom’ experiences preparing undergraduate and graduate nurse trainees with online degree options. The capacity to support graduate courses by faculty at our Round Rock location was realized, and the college placed emphasis on growing program offerings in both McAllen and Lufkin with the inclusion of advising and instruction.

These dedicated and intentional activities have proactively positioned the Texas A&M College of Nursing to serve as the state and nation’s most geographically, demographically and ethnically inclusive nursing program.

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Diversity Mission and Vision

The College of Nursing, in accordance with and in support of The Texas A&M University System, has articulated and fine-tuned an achievable diversity-driven mission and vision as follows:

  • MISSION: The Texas A&M University College of Nursing’s mission is to educate professional nurses of today and leaders of tomorrow. The college will identify, attract and graduate students of high potential, especially those from groups who have been historically under-represented in Texas health care.
  • VISION: The Texas A&M University Center College of Nursing’s vision is to be a premier Tier-1, competitive College of Nursing, educating and empowering a diverse population of nurse leaders.

Diversity Plan

At the College of Nursing, our faculty, staff and students actively seek out opportunities to support a positive and inclusive environment, welcoming all. We are committed to implementing our vision of diversity through an ongoing, dynamic process that shapes students, faculty and staff before, during and after their tenure at the college.

The Climate and Diversity Committee meets on a regular basis to discuss, plan and implement initiatives related to:

  • Long-term recruitment of students, faculty and staff that represent and reciprocate the diversity of our state, nation and world to serve a global community.
  • Retention of undergraduate and graduate students through inclusion training for faculty and staff as well as mentoring practices developed to support students in the classroom and beyond.
  • Retention of full-time faculty and staff through consistent review and evaluation of interviewing, hiring, orienting and mentoring practices.
  • Foster, facilitate and enhance the supportive environment in the college as we work and learn together.

Climate and Diversity Committee

Margaret Bosenbark, MSN, RN, Clinical Assistant Professor
Committee Chair
bosenbark@tamu.edu

Shelley White-Corey, MSN, RNC, WNHP, CNE, CHSE, Clinical Assistant Professor
Faculty Representative, Bryan
white-corey@tamu.edu

Carmen Vela, DNP, RN, Clinical Assistant Professor
Faculty Representative, Round Rock
cavela@tamu.edu

Kristina Reyes, Administrative Associate III
Staff Representative
kristina@tamu.edu

Katarina Buckley
Student Representative
katarina.buckley@tamu.edu

Debra Wise Matthews, PhD, RN, Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs
Administrative Representative
dmatthews@tamu.edu