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Diversity at Mount Carmel

MCCN supports a culturally diverse and inclusive environment.

Commitment to diversity is an integral component of College life at Mount Carmel College of Nursing. Since the early 1990s, a dedicated staff member, Kathy Espy, BA, promotes and encourages the culturally diverse and inclusive environment at the College. Such an environment is one in which differences are recognized, accepted, appreciated and celebrated.

Definition of diversity at MCCN

At MCCN, diversity includes not only the obvious aspects of race, gender, and ethnic backgrounds, but also the less visible circumstances that individualize students’ lives. MCCN welcomes and supports first generation college students, students who are single parents, students living with disabilities and medical issues, students with varying religious practices and beliefs, students who must work full time, and students who are at risk of dropping out of school for lack of money and resources.

Respect for unique talents and abilities

MCCN’s diverse and inclusive environment respects all students as individuals who bring unique talents and abilities to the community and empowers them to reach their potential as professional nurses. Faculty and staff are committed to diversity as a concept and a goal, accountable to do their part to create and nourish such an environment at Mount Carmel College of Nursing.

How diverse is the MCCN student body?

Mount Carmel College of Nursing has a reputation for graduating highly skilled and valued nurses, as well as for a strong and proactive diversity program. Enrollment of minorities stands currently at 10%.

In the field of nursing, men have historically been a minority group. MCCN’s celebration of diversity means men are welcomed and special support systems are already in place, including an established male student network and male faculty members.

At MCCN, you won’t be the token male or minority nursing student. The national percentage of males in the nursing profession stands at 6%. MCCN surpasses the national average with males comprising nearly 9% of enrollment.

Diversity Programs at MCCN

Espy’s leadership as Director of Diversity and Inclusion has positioned MCCN at the forefront of the diversity movement. Under Espy’s direction, the College provides opportunities for gaining knowledge about diverse cultures.

Lunch and Learn is an entertaining series to help the college community become aware of life, culture, and healthcare in an environment different from our own. Presenters range from local minority leadership to healthcare providers who share experiences of nursing in foreign countries or in different cultures. The College also sponsors Black History Month presentations, and commemorates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Diversity extends to nursing studies

For future nurses, knowledge of cultural differences can be life-saving. Nurses will encounter much diversity in their patients, and appreciation of patients’ beliefs and lifestyle can contribute to patients’ healing.

Support groups

In response to the individual circumstances of our students, the College is supportive of minority students, first generation college students, ESL students, male students, single parents, etc. The Learning Trail, a unique student success program created by Espy in 1992, is tailored to support the needs of individual students.

These efforts are a priority for our president/dean, Dr. Ann Schiele, whose vision created Espy’s position and makes MCCN a culturally aware and sensitive community.  Support is also extended to students through various campus activities, such as Campus Ministry and the Student Nurses Association at Mount Carmel (SNAM).

“Mount Carmel College of Nursing is a great place for a male nursing student, because the College respects and strives to include all ethnic and gender groups.”

—Del Enderle, MCCN graduate


“When providing critical care for someone, gender doesn’t matter. Society might have long ago labeled the nursing profession, but anyone, male or female, who is motivated to help people and receives nursing education can be an effective nurse.”

—Doug Wright, MCCN graduate


“It was easier to be a male nursing student at a college dedicated to nursing. Although there are more females than males at Mount Carmel College of Nursing, all of the males here are nursing students, so we understand each other. At Mount Carmel I felt equal to my peers, and everyone respected everyone else.”

—Mike Burke, MCCN graduate

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