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Features Health & Wellness Local leader speaks at WCU conference on nursing diversity

Michael MurrayMichael Murray, superintendent of Jackson County Public Schools, speaks at a diversity conference for nursing educators, health-care professionals, secondary educators and community leaders held Friday, April 4, at Western Carolina University.

The conference, the first of three such annual gatherings, was titled, “Meeting the Challenge: Health and Education in Appalachia and Cherokee.” Participants explored issues connected to increasing the numbers of underrepresented ethnic minority students and students from disadvantaged backgrounds in nursing, secondary education and health care professional settings.

The event was sponsored by the WCU School of Nursing and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which awarded a $1 million workforce diversity grant to WCU to help increase the number of students from underserved rural populations who enter the nursing profession, including members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.





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