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Sigma Announces Chamberlain University has Extended Center of Excellence in Nursing Education Funding

Expanded program serves nursing faculty from
Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic-Serving Institutions

INDIANAPOLIS —The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) announced that Chamberlain University has extended funding for the Center for Excellence in Nursing Education, presented by Sigma in partnership with Chamberlain University, through June 2021. In addition to ongoing education efforts, through an innovative new program the Center will provide financial support for nursing faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to participate in Sigma’s nurse faculty development academies as Chamberlain Scholars.

The HBCU and HSI-focused program was suggested by Karen Cox, PhD, RN, FACHE, FAAN, president, Chamberlain University, during collaborative Center planning and has been in development for more than a year. As institutions and organizations acknowledge and begin to grapple with longstanding institutional racism, Sigma and Chamberlain University have committed to increasing opportunities for nurse educators from historically under-represented groups and to supporting diversity in their leadership programs.

“Sigma is proud to partner with Chamberlain University to support Chamberlain Scholars in our faculty development academies,” said Sigma President Richard Ricciardi, PhD, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN. “These scholars will help prepare the next generation of nurses at America’s HBCUs and HSIs, and I look forward to seeing their influence in American higher education and nursing.”

“Chamberlain University’s partnership with Sigma contributes directly to our mission to educate, empower, and embolden diverse healthcare professionals who advance the health of people, families, communities, and nations,” said Karen Cox, PhD, RN, FACHE, FAAN, president, Chamberlain University. “I am proud that both organizations recognize the problem of systemic, institutional racism knowing that it’s up to all of us to fight for social justice moving forward. This is an opportunity for us to come together to put human rights at the forefront as we address it in innovative ways such as the Center for Excellence in Nursing Education and the new Chamberlain Scholars program.”

Since 2013, the Center for Excellence in Nursing Education has developed and supported leadership programs, academies, and courses for new and experienced nurse educators and administrators. More than 95 scholars and mentors have expanded their knowledge and leadership capabilities through the Center since its inception and have positively impacted students, colleagues, and processes at the institutions they serve. With the continued Chamberlain University funding, Sigma intends to welcome the first Chamberlain Scholars to its academies in the third quarter of 2020.

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About Sigma

The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is a nonprofit organization whose vision is connected, empowered nurse leaders transforming global health. The Sigma mission is developing nurse leaders anywhere to improve healthcare everywhere.

Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 135,000 active members in over 100 countries and territories. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others. Sigma’s more than 550 chapters are located at over 700 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, England, Eswatini, Ghana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Wales.

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About Chamberlain University

Chamberlain University is a part of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE). Chamberlain University’s mission is to educate, empower and embolden diverse healthcare professionals who advance the health of people, families, communities and nations. Chamberlain University is comprised of the College of Nursing, which offers a three-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and flexible post-licensure programs such as the RN to BSN online option, Master of Science in Nursing degree program, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program and graduate certificates, and the College of Health Professions, which offers a Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work degree programs. Chamberlain University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For the most updated accreditation information, visit To learn more, visit