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NCORE Webinar Series

Reckoning with the Racism and Colonialism of Nursing Education to Move Towards Health Equity and Healing


Recorded September 30, 2020  |  Captions and sign language interpretation provided

90 min  |  $25.00  |  Purchase this webinar

Session Description:

The COVID pandemic has exacerbated centuries-in-the-making health inequities, demanding that educators, administrators, and staff in nursing education reckon with the racism, colonialism, and neoliberalism that shape how health is conceptualized, who is deemed worthy of becoming a licensed health professional, how community members are reduced to "patient" status rather than their whole selves, and how the roots of whiteness continue to shape nursing education. Let us envision our individual and collective roles to push past silence and performative statements of solidarity to sustained practice, answerability, and healing.

This session should particularly benefit faculty, staff, students, and administrators in health professions programs who are interested in advancing health professions education away from the harmful colonial biomedical model to learning spaces grounded in social justice praxis in the pursuit of health equity. We will begin with an overview of the presence of social justice and health equity in the existing infrastructure and foundational documents of nursing practice, policy, research, and education. Participants will then reflect on the presence of social justice in their programs ranging from their individual teaching/learning philosophy, scholarship, advising role(s), and service to curriculum, committee efforts, governance, scholarship, professional advancement and retention, hiring and admissions, departmental and program culture, and community relationships. We will then consider findings from recent studies examining contradictory approaches to social justice deployed by faculty and how pre-licensure nursing students experience and navigate this terrain. Finally, we will brainstorm a variety of pedagogical and programmatic approaches to nurture future generations of nurses who see health equity and anti-oppression as central to their nursing identities and career trajectory. 



Claire Valderama-Wallace, PhD, MPH, RN

California State UniversityEast Bay

Claire Valderama-Wallace’s journey has taken her from physiology (UCLA) to public health (George Washington University) to nursing (UCSF and UC Davis) in classrooms, clinical settings, and harm reduction based organizations. She is also a member of the grassroots Filipino/a/x women's organization, GABRIELA Oakland. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at California State University, East Bay, where she teaches Community Health Nursing, Community Engagement, and Epidemiology and Social Inequities. She recently assumed the role of MSN Program Coordinator and is eager to promote nursing leadership focused on serving the people and fighting for health equity. She stands upon the shoulders of ancestors, scholars, students, and kasamas. A vision for anticolonial, anti-imperialist, and anti-racist nursing education, research, and practice is what guides her pedagogy, service, and scholarship.

presenter Claire Valderama-Wallace