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NCNA Launches Diversity in Nursing Leadership Fellowship

For Immediate Release
February 6, 2024


The National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing recently announced grants of $200,000 in funding to organizations “committed to eliminating racism in nursing.” The North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA) is proud to be one of those recipients. NCNA will partner with colleagues in Georgia and South Carolina to develop a new leadership program for nurses of color and other populations traditionally underrepresented in nursing. 

The Diversity in Nursing Leadership Fellowship will provide a multi-day leadership development program (2 virtual sessions, 1 day in person) to nurses from under represented groups in nursing in the southeast, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identification, sexual orientation, disability, and religion, to support, access, and opportunities for leadership. NCNA aims to help provide professional nursing associations with increased access to a diverse pool of talented, engaged members and/or prepared leaders such as committee members and chairs, board members, and other association leaders. The Fellowship will also provide the nursing profession with increased access to a diverse pool of prepared and engaged leaders for positions of leadership in the clinical, executive and community nursing environments.

NCNA and its partners in South Carolina and Georgia will recruit and offer 30-40 nurses from the Southeastern United States the opportunity for high-quality, affordable leadership development, targeted mentoring, goal development and assistance in pursuit of relevant opportunities.

Applications are now open through April 15, 2024. For more information and to apply, visit the site here.

We are also recruiting established leaders willing to provide short-term mentoring and coaching to these fellows. If you are interested in mentoring, please fill out the application here.


Chris Cowperthwaite, APR
Director of Communications & Outreach
(919) 821-4250 or

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