University of St. Thomas Magazine Fall/Winter 2020



The Racial Justice Scholarship was established to support undergraduate students whose identities are underrepresented at the University of St. Thomas or whose studies focus on racial and social justice. During a memorial service for George Floyd, a Black man who was killed by Minneapolis police on May 25, universities were called upon to create a scholarship in his

memory that would support efforts to create a more just and equitable world.

for the Racial Justice Scholarship are still in the planning stages, potential donors can give to the scholarship at give.stthomas. edu/give/racial-justice- scholarship.

While the application process and criteria for students to apply


SCHOOL OF NURSING FOUNDING DIRECTOR NAMED The Morrison Family College of Health named Dr. Martha Scheckel as the founding director of its School of Nursing. Scheckel, a community and public health nursing expert, is the former dean of the College of Nursing, Health and Human Behavior at Viterbo University in Wisconsin. The School of Nursing will offer a curriculum aimed at showing students how to address health disparities and change the systems that produce them. The school expects to start accepting applications in fall 2021 in advance of its first class in fall 2022.

“Martha was the top candidate after a very thorough search,” said Dr. MayKao Y. Hang, vice president of strategic initiatives and the the founding dean of the Morrison Family College of Health. “Aside from the academic and practice skills required to be a founding director, we needed a leader who views their vocation as service to society’s most disadvantaged people. Martha is a leader, practitioner, scholar and teacher who understands we must address social, cultural and economic conditions if we’re to create and sustain healthy communities.”

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