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The College of Nursing and Health Professions Graduate Nursing Department offers various graduate level nursing degree programs and graduate nursing certificate programs to help students advance their careers in nursing and health professions.

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We will honor, on January 18, 2021, the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This holiday has been a national day of service—a “day on, not a day off”—to improve our communities for the past 26 years.

We still feel the weight of how much more there is to be done even 52 years after Dr. King's death. Every day for CNHP is a “day on” because we are passionate about social justice and the minimizations of health disparities and health inequities. CNHP is committed to our students, alumni, faculty and professional staff and have long honored this day through service.

Image with a photo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and a quote: Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. Dr. King wrote about race relations in a way that was mutually beneficial, writing from the “Letter from Birmingham Jail;” In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the inter-related structure of reality.

His words are especially relevant today: “I have tried to make clear that it is wrong to use immoral means to attain moral ends. But now I must affirm that it is just as wrong, or even more so, to use moral means to preserve immoral ends. In summary there is never the wrong time to do the right thing and to grow from our mistakes."

These tools, Six Steps for Nonviolent Social Change, shared by the King Center resonate with me deeply as a social change agent.

  1. Information gathering.
  2. Education.
  3. Personal commitment.
  4. Negotiation.
  5. Direct action.
  6. Reconciliation.

These tenets are to be reflected in our mission within diversity, equity and inclusion, the course learning objectives and our actions as students, alumni, faculty, professional staff and partners. I must add for a point of reflection: Own your own stuff so that change can occur; I know I do!

Appreciate you as social change agents,

Veronica Carey, PhD
Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


December 9, 2020

When the announcement about a new home for the College of Nursing and Health Professions was made in May 2019, no one could have imagined that construction would be delayed by a global pandemic. It was expected that groundbreaking would be in spring 2020 with a substantial completion delivery of mid-2022. Beginning in late July, it is still the hope to maintain the same timeline.

Google Earth screenshot of the location of the Drexel Academic Tower

With CNHP being the first occupants of the new facility, some of the College of Medicine’s administrative functions, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies and its first- and second-year medical program will join the College in phases. President Fry, in a message to the University in late 2019, said “at the new academic building, many of Drexel’s health-related programs will be under one roof, enhancing opportunities for interdisciplinary education in a facility that affords health sciences students, faculty and professional staff the best possible environment for continued development and growth.”


Searching for Solutions: Diving into the Ripple Effects of Global Disruption builds upon the success of the CNHP Board of Global Healthcare Engagement’s first virtual conference entitled Disrupting the Global Pandemic: Nursing Stories from the Forefront. This upcoming event will delve deeper into the emerging opportunities for frontline healthcare workers abroad and locally to influence care delivery and policy during the pandemic.

This virtual conference, on January 21 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., is part of an ongoing series, “Global Perspectives” sponsored by the College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP), Board of Global Healthcare Engagement in collaboration with Drexel’s Office of Global Engagement.

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This presentation are the results of a collaboration in which we’ve asked global healthcare stakeholders to describe current disruptions in their respective countries on video. Three CNHP faculty members analyzed those clips for common themes. Those that emerged are social/cultural disruptions, economic effects and political upheavals, and struggles with mental health.

A five-minute compilation of stakeholders’ responses will be shown followed by a faculty-facilitated discussion of each theme elaborating on questions arising from the recording. Panelists will include the global stakeholders who will elaborate on the material presented as well as answering questions which arise base on the presentations.

Fran Cornelius, PhD, the assistant dean of Teaching, Learning and Engagement, will open up the event with an introduction and overview of this work. Jane Greene Ryan, PhD, associate professor of nursing, Omolabake Fadeyibi, MSN, an instructor of health assessment and community health, and Sandra Friedman, CNM, an assistant clinical professor of nursing, will tackle the themes.

Friedman, the lead for this event, says it highlights Drexel’s deep commitment to engage the global community in an open discussion forum. “We look to help our community at-large, be globally inspired and connect in a meaningful way,” she shared. Members of the board have worked diligently this year to point out the incredible efforts of health professionals on the front line during. “This event, like many planned by the board, explores these lived experiences,” she added.

The Board of Global Healthcare Engagement aims to promote existing opportunities and to identify and foster new programming and funding for global healthcare engagement for CNHP students, faculty and staff. The Board meets monthly, and all members are actively engaged in unique projects just like this.

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