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Roundtable: Improving Diversity and Equity within the Nursing Workforce

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Join Kimber Connors and Jason Thompson for a discussion addressing the importance of improving diversity and equity within the workforce.

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Join Kimber Connors, Executive Director of the Washington State Opportunity Scholars and Jason Thompson, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Western Governors University, for a discussion around the challenges facing efforts to improve the diversity and equity in the nursing workforce. Kimber and Jason will share their work outlining the broader imperative for a more representative and inclusive culture throughout the health care sector. Prioritizing diversity can help improve patient experiences and overall trust within the health care industry.

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Roundtable conversations are designed to delve deeper into specific topics. Each 90-minute roundtable relates back to a Call to Action or Actions, found in our State Innovation Landscape Reports. Subject Matter Experts help lead a small group, capped to 15-20 people, unrecorded conversation.

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Bio: Kimber Connors is the Executive Director for Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) and has been a pioneer and innovator in education since 2010 and continues to make a significant impact in Washington state through her leadership of the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship. WSOS is an innovative public-private partnership that supports low- and middle-income Washington students in completing higher education and launching careers in high-demand industries. Under Kimber’s leadership, the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) has helped thousands of Washington students from largely low-income backgrounds pursue careers in high-demand fields such as computer science, health care, engineering and biology.

Bio: Jason R. Thompson is the Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI&) at Western Governors University. He is a thought leader in DE&I having spent the past twenty-five years building DE&I programs in sports, health care, technology, and education. Jason is currently the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) at Western Governors University (WGU) one of the largest fully accredited online universities in the US with over 121,000 students. The diversity and inclusion programs developed by Jason have won several awards at the local and international level. Most recently the D&I Scorecard developed by Jason received the top honor in the 2016 International Innovations in Diversity Awards program from the Profiles in Diversity Journal. Jason was also recognized as a 2017 and 2018 Diversity Leader by the Profiles in Diversity Journal. In 2015, the USOC D&I department received the Diversity Champion Award for Excellence from the Colorado SHRM.

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