Denver School of Nursing Presents Diversity in Action Award to Wallenberg

Denver School of Nursing (DSN) has recognized Kelly Wallenberg, assistant director of admissions, with the nursing college’s Diversity in Action Award, designed to reward a faculty or staff member for their new ways of including and addressing diversity in the curricula or on campus, said Dr. Marcia Bankirer, president of DSN (

With the Denver School of Nursing since 2005, Wallenberg interacts with students on a daily basis. “Her job entails helping prospective students through the admission process to interviewing students and guiding them from their initial interview to their first day of nursing school,” Bankirer explained.

In her position, Wallenberg is responsible for systematically and ethically advising students regarding enrollment, working within the highly regulated guidelines established by DSN and the field of nursing and working with the admissions team to assure that each applicant gets the best in service.

“In all the time that she has served DSN in admissions, Kelly has epitomized DSN’s mission, vision and purpose, that of a nursing college dedicated to providing the best nursing education in the most caring and effective way for students of all backgrounds.  Students interact with her from the beginning of the admissions process through graduation and respect and admire her,” noted Jeff Johnson, DSN director of admissions.

Wallenberg holds her Master of Arts degree in student affairs in higher education from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and her Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of South Dakota.

DSN’s student population represents a variety of racial backgrounds, including a male enrollment of 15 percent.

Bankirer said DSN created the Diversity in Action Award in honor of the first black woman to complete nurse’s training in 1879 in the U.S. Mary Mahoney, a nurse, and a women’s rights and civil rights activist, was inducted into the Nursing Hall of Fame in 1976 and the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993.

About Denver School of Nursing (DSN)

Denver School of Nursing, 1401 19th St., Denver, is a private, post-secondary college that provides educational programs and training for nursing professionals. The college specializes in offering rigorous curriculum and clinical site-based academic programs toward associate and bachelor degrees in nursing. DSN is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), ( (800-621-7440). Its associate and baccalaureate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 (404-975-5000). The college is granted full approval for its associate and bachelors nursing programs by the Colorado State Board of Nursing. For more information, call 303-292-0015 or visit