Workforce Diversity

Nursing Workforce Diversity Program

D'Youville College is one of 41 schools nationwide to be awarded a Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant (NWD) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The nearly $1 million three-year grant is designed to increase nursing education opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities that are underrepresented in the healthcare workforce. D'Youville received its first Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant in 2007. In 2010 we received a second grant. In 2013, we received our third grant.

D'Youville's Workforce Diversity Program provides at least 55 students with increased nursing education opportunities through separate high school and college components.

High School

  • Thirty high school students at East High School (Buffalo Public School) participate in nursing pre-entry program run by D'Youville, with assistance from community partners such as Kaleida Health and the Community Health Center of Buffalo (CHCB).
  • The after-school program and one-week summer camp introduces students, starting at the sophomore level, to nursing as a profession.
  • Students benefit from intensive mentoring, tutoring, SAT preparation and character building, to ensure their success as they prepare to enter a college nursing program.


  • Twenty-five D'Youville freshman nursing majors who are academically and or economically disadvantaged are selected for the program
  • NWD provides intensive advising, mentoring and academic support
  • Financial support in the form of stipends is awarded to the students to ensure their retention and graduation from the Nursing program

To learn more about this program, contact Karen Kwandrans, Director, Nursing Workforce Diversity.

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