On February 10, 2017, KILN students and nursing faculty attended the 45th-anniversary celebration of the New England Regional Black Nurses Association (NERBNA) at the Marriott Copley Square in Boston. It was a memorable event, as illustrated by the students’ reflections:

It was a privilege to hear the visions of NERBNA leaders E. Lorraine Baugh, the founding president, and Dr. Eric Williams, the first male and 12th president. These individuals epitomize striving for excellence.
– Kim Monestime (CSON ’17)

Front Row (L-R): CSON Faculty Cathy Read, Judy Shindul-Rothschild, and Allyssa Harris. Back Row (L-R): KILN students Amari Harrison, Helen Au, and alumna Jennifer Etienne

One of the highlights of the celebration was the keynote address by Dr. Eric J. Williams, President of the NERBNA. I was struck by the passion evoked as he talked about the power of nurses to bring about violence prevention efforts in communities. 

– Helen Au (CSON ’18)

The NERBNA celebration and awards ceremony was inspiring, and gave me hope for the future of nursing. We heard from so many incredible people who powerfully communicated their passion for nursing– a passion that motivated them to do critical and wonderful work even when the odds were against them. Whether they were prepared as LPNs or PhDs, these nurses all brought their hearts, minds, and hands to the table and are moving the nursing profession forward.
– Maureen Regan (CSON ’17)

Master’s students Loic Assobmo (’17), Kim Monestime (’17), Maureen Regan (’17); Dean Susan Gennaro, Helen Au (’18), Professor Bill Fehder, Amari Harrison (’20)

Seeing nurses who look like me appreciated for their contributions to society is motivating. Considering all the racial tension going on in the country lately, I felt reassured to see black nurses recognized in a positive way. It was good to tune into some positivity. Dr. Williams left us all with a great message on how we can contribute to the world in order to make it a safer place.
– Loic Assobmo (CSON ’17)

This conference was very inspirational and eye-opening. It put me in a position to see my future self on that stage that night…I cannot wait to put my dreams into action and become a role model to young black girls who aspire to be in my position!
– Amari Harrison (CSON ’20)