Bring Diversity to Nursing



Bring Diversity to Nursing exists due to grant funding by the U.S. DHHS, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. For this program to become sustainable the BDN Foundation has been established to:

  • Continue to promote awareness of nursing as a career choice to middle school and high school students
  • Increase the number of minority and disadvantaged students who choose nursing as a career
  • Enhance the academic abilities and preparation of students in Lawrence and Lowell, MA, area for the purpose of increasing their competitiveness for entry into the University of Massachusetts Lowell Nursing program
  • Ensure future graduation for diverse students at the University of Massachusetts Lowell School of Nursing and successful completion NCLEX-RN licensure pass rate.
During a trip to India, Charmy Patel ’13 was struck by the extreme poverty and inspired by seeing first-hand the correlation between poverty, social class, and poor health. Today Charmy is determined to work in a community setting where she can help patients who are immigrants, of minority backgrounds, or those who are at a disadvantage when it comes to navigating the healthcare system. “Being a respectful, culturally competent nurse will allow me to treat patients with the best care,” says Patel.

The Bring Diversity to Nursing program has graduated 38 diverse nurses who now provide care in local community settings as well as in world renowned hospitals such as the Mayo Clinic. Our graduates are culturally diverse, often bilingual and are ready to serve a diverse patient population.

Your donation will allow us to continue to offer resources including scholarships, loan of laptops and reference books, tutoring, and mentoring. Your gift will help future diverse students succeed in nursing school and become nurses ready to provide needed care to an increasingly diverse population.




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Call: 978-934-2216

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(payable to UMass Lowell) to:
Office of University Advancement
Wannalancit Business Center
600 Suffolk Street, Suite 160
Lowell, MA 01854

Please include “HH BDN” on the memo line.
More about Bring Diversity to Nursing

Program Website
“This program is very good and fun. I believe because of this program I will become a nurse or doctor.” Noemi Ramos Arlington Middle School

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