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Penn Nursing prepares students for a world that is growing ever more diverse through educational experiences that develop cultural competence. Our dynamic student organizations promote greater awareness and create a supportive, engaged community that complements academic experiences. Penn Nursing's increasingly diverse student body helps to promote equal access, build a climate of inclusion, and provide a training ground for advocacy.
|Shaykhia Barie Washington, Nu’17|
West Philadelphia's Shaykhia Barie Washington is a diversity champion - encouraging and mentoring other minority students who are curious about applying to Penn. Shaykhia is interested in becoming a neonatal nurse practitioner and a nurse midwife and intends to focus her expertise on helping low-income minority mothers provide optimal care for their newborns.
"I think that many people in minority groups are afraid to attend Universities where they are now the minority coming from a high school where everyone is the same. I tell everyone the good things about Penn and the benefits of being here versus another University. I also provide help with application essays and answer questions about the college application process," says Shaykhia. "For example, a girl graduating from my high school is interested in Penn and I am helping her with her early decision application process."
A 'Big Sister' in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program at Penn, Shaykhia reaches out to minority applicants and shares the benefits of her Penn experience and encourages them to consider the challenge of attending an Ivy League school. Her 'Big Sister' service also includes mentoring children in West Philadelphia. In addition, Shaykhia serves as an Information Technology Assistant (ITA) in Du Bois College House, a center for Black intellectuals with programs and events based upon the history and culture of people of the African Diaspora.