Virtual Mini Academy: Health Equity Training


Learn more about Sigma's virtual mini academy focused on advancing health equity using immersive technology

The Sigma Virtual Mini Academy: Health Equity Training is a ten-week, interactive, mentored, virtual academy. It is designed to help healthcare professionals understand and practice diversity, equity, and inclusion through immersive video technology. This academy is designed to develop the motivation to change behaviors and hopefully nurse and patient outcomes. Sigma Nursing is partnering with Shift to bring you this new virtual and interactive mini academy.

Interested in joining our next cohort? 

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Applications for the next cohort will be open in the first quarter of 2024. 

Program dates for the 2023 cohort

Scholars accepted into the Health Equity Training Virtual Mini Academy will participate in two live synchronous discussion session during week 5 and week 10 of the academy.

The sessions are scheduled on the following dates and times:
      * Wednesday 11 October 2023 at 8 AM ET OR 4 PM ET (time zone converter)
      * Wednesday 15 November 2023 at 8 AM or 4 PM ET (time zone converter)

        NOTE: please plan to attend one of the options on each day. 

The 10-week Virtual Mini Academy: Advancing Health Equity Training will address the following topics:

  • Demystifying bias
  • Discovery of personal values
  • Equality, equity, or justice
  • Empathy and belonging
  •   ... and many more

In this academy, Scholars can expect to: 

  • Increase their understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and obtain the tools needed to practice them as a healthcare professional
  • View brief multimedia lessons that easily fit into a busy schedule and receive tools to support ongoing success
  • Openly discuss the academy materials with other Scholars

By the end of this 10-week academy, Scholars should have the motivation and the knowledge to change behaviors and improve nurse and patient outcomes. 

Fees and Anticipated Costs

There is a one-time fee listed below:

Active Sigma members: US $185
Non-Sigma members: US $285

What is the difference between Virtual Academy and the Virtual Mini Academy?

The Sigma Virtual Academy and the Sigma Virtual Mini Academy are both held over Zoom; however, there are a few important differences.

  • The Virtual Mini Academy takes place over ten (10) weeks and is a more intense curriculum.
  • The Virtual Mini Academy is designed for working practice professional that are looking to develop their skills to advance professionally.

Interested in joining our next cohort? 

Complete the interest form »

Applications for the next cohort will be open in the first quarter of 2024. 

"This academy explores topics that are difficult to learn and comprehend. This is not basic education, it is higher learning of complex human activity and emotion, and the topics were taught in a safe, comfortable environment. While it helped me question my previous biases, it never made me feel like a terrible person."     
- Nancy L., 2021 participant

For more on the benefits of participating, watch these prior Sigma academy and Nursing Now Challenge participants share their leadership and professional development growth stories »