Minority Health Initiative Council Celebrates Seniors

APRIL 16, 2015 – The Minority Health Initiative Council at the School of Nursing & Health Studies celebrated graduating seniors today at a special ceremony in Riggs Library.

Brian Floyd, MS, assistant dean of academic affairs, and Edilma L. Yearwood, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, interim chair of the Department of Nursing, co-advise the group and recognized the many achievements of each student.

Additionally, graduating co-chairs Khadijah Davis (NHS’15) and Aspen McCoy (NHS’15) welcomed incoming co-chairs Beemnet Neway (NHS’16) and Jordan Smith (NHS’17).

Words of Advice

At the ceremony, Derrick C. Tabor, PhD, a program director at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, delivered the keynote address.

“I am so impressed,” he noted, after hearing the seniors’ many accomplishments. “I am actually moved.”

Tabor underscored the importance of courage, the recognition that change is constant, and the need for vision.

Recognizing the hard work of the council in its first five years of existence, Tabor asked, “What will be your vision that propels you for the next five years.”

Mayoral Congratulations

The council, which was founded in 2010, celebrated its fifth anniversary in January.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) sent the council a note of congratulations, which Floyd read at today’s ceremony.

“Today is a time to reflect on your accomplishments,” Bowser wrote. “I thank you for your contributions to raise awareness on key issues that affect minority communities. I join the residents of the District of Columbia in wishing you a happy anniversary.”

By Bill Cessato