Engaged Learning

Let’s Change the Health of the World Together

A message from the dean

by Eileen Fry-Bowers

As I move into my second year as dean, I am humbled by the challenges that we face as a university, nation, and global community with regard to preserving access to education and development of health.

Our mission — to improve the health of all populations through equitable and compassionate service, value-driven research, and innovative education, preparing learners to use their hearts, minds, and souls to change the health of the world — has never been more necessary or more important.

Over the past year, the School of Nursing and Health Professions has clarified the values that serve as the foundation of our work:

  • COURAGE to challenge existing paradigms to advance health equity and achieve health justice.
  • COMMUNITY that fosters collaborative action for positive change.
  • DIVERSITY in all its forms, to ensure inclusivity and belonging.
  • EXCELLENCE that instills responsibility, accountability, professionalism, and a desire for personal growth and lifelong learning.
  • ETHICAL PRACTICE that reflects humanistic ideals and upholds the inherent dignity and worth of each individual.
  • SCHOLARLY INQUIRY that seeks the best evidence and promotes the highest levels of scientific integrity.

We lean into these values as we work to eliminate health inequity and pursue health justice while navigating changes in health professions higher education, in the public health sector, and in the health care industry.

From wherever you are and in whatever position you hold today, I invite you to join us. Together and only together, we will build a better future for all.

Signature of Eileen Fry-Bowers, SONHP dean

Eileen Fry-Bowers
Dean, School of Nursing and Health Professions