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Hughes Receives Diversity in Action Award from Denver School of Nursing

Denver School of
Nursing (DSN) has recognized Micah Hughes, assistant professor, with the
nursing college’s Diversity in Action Award, designed to reward a faculty or
staff member for recognizing new ways of including and addressing diversity in
the curricula or on campus, said Dr. Marcia Bankirer, president of DSN (
www.denverschoolofnursing.edu).

Hughes is
the nursing college’s director of the Global Health Perspectives (GHP) program,
a cross-cultural outreach program that focuses on student development and empowerment
through both classroom training and in-field service-learning internships.  Through Hughes’ direction and the in-field
supervision and guidance of DSN faculty, students receive education and
hands-on learning experiences that promote cultural awareness and heightened
global healthcare perspectives, Bankirer explained.

“Under
Hughes’ guidance, the GHP program has grown and DSN’s students have achieved a
new level of cultural awareness, whether through their work domestically in rural
America or internationally.  They learn
through their in-field service training and work with various nonprofit
organizations that the real, immediate needs that people have is access to
healthcare knowledge and care, ranging from such simple needs as water
purification and toothbrushes for children in Peru, to dental care in
Appalachia, to post-natal care in the Navajo Nation,” she said.

GHP
engages DSN’s students and faculty through domestic and international
partnerships with local healthcare workers in rural Appalachia, Denver, the
Navajo Nation in New Mexico, Haiti, Honduras, Peru, St. Croix and Uganda. GHP
partnerships promote sustainability in each environment and present a profound
learning opportunity for everyone involved, Bankirer noted.

Also,
Hughes co-founded and is the executive director of The Mango Project, a
non-profit that has worked with community leaders in northern Uganda since 2003
(
www.TheMangoProject.com).
Religious conflict, political unrest, the devastation of malnutrition and
infectious disease have crippled Northern Uganda. Working with the Ugandan
Health District, The Mango Project forges successful partnerships allowing
local Ugandans to manage production, sales and micro-business to improve health
and wellness in the region.

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), (www.ncahlc.org) (800-621-7440); the
Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC); and 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 www.denverschoolofnursing.edu.