Happy March! The semester is flying by indeed.
The past month at the College has been an exciting celebration of diversity and acceptance in honor of Estelle Osborne, the first Black nurse to obtain a master’s degree as well as a former nursing faculty member at NYU. I want to give a special shout-out to the Meyers Equity, Belonging, and Inclusivity Committee who, along with our alumni relations and development team, planned the entire month’s events. They were all special and spectacular and brought us closer together as a community.
This week’s culminating presentation and ceremony — the 27th Annual Estelle Osborne Legacy Celebration — were equally inspiring and challenging. We were so fortunate to have Dr. Reuben Warren, executive director of the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Healthcare at Tuskegee University, with us to discuss the interdependence of public health, ethics, and social justice. In particular, his talk served as a stark reminder of the historical consequences of the United States Public Health Service Syphilis Study and how to prevent the reoccurrences of similar abuses in human health research.
Following Dr. Warren’s presentation, Natalia Cineas BS ’06, deputy chief nursing officer at Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s, was honored as this year’s recognition awardee. Her acceptance speech, uplifting and emotional, moved all of us in the room. We also are grateful to Natalia for making a contribution to the Rwei Hwa Su Laptop Scholarship Fund, which provides funding to financially-needy students to purchase their own personal device. Her generosity was born from her own difficulty affording a computer while she was in nursing school and the enormous benefit the laptop was for her to complete assignments and study for critical exams.
As the semester nears the mid-point, be sure to take good care of yourselves: eat healthy, exercise, and get enough sleep.
Stay dry this weekend.