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Husky Giving Day 2023

On April 6, you'll be part of something big

Dear School of Nursing Alumni, Friends, and Partners,

For the University of Washington, this is a significant day. For 24 hours, we come together as a global community to raise awareness and champion causes through massive online giving efforts. Be part of the online movement and join the School the Nursing in building a better tomorrow.

This year, the School is raising funds for the Manning Price Spratlen Center for Anti-Racism & Equity in Nursing (MPSCARE in Nursing). By giving to MPSCARE in Nursing, we are working towards breaking down structural racism in healthcare and bettering health outcomes for people of color. Your gift will support the Center’s transformative work in:

  • Getting students from underrepresented and historically excluded groups in the door and preparing all to be well-informed health inequity advocates
  • Offering a nursing curriculum and teaching practices centered on anti-racism and equity approaches
  • Serving as a space for academic, community, and healthcare leaders to address and collaborate on strategies and resources

Join the School in supporting MPSCARE in Nursing and champion anti-racism and equity in nursing with us. Whether you decide to give today or tomorrow, gifts of any size are welcome. Thank you for being part of the School of Nursing community.

Questions about giving can be directed to Can also be reached at 206-543-3019.


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Name Change Announcement!

[Edited on 3/31/23-KW]

In our flurry of excitement to rename the new Center for Anti-Racism in Nursing and in our eagerness to honor the names of two Black nurses, it seems we underestimated the significance in using both of Dr. Price Spratlen’s surnames in the Center’s name.  We realize Thaddeus Spratlen (Dr. Price Spratlen’s husband) is recognized for his contributions to UW under the Spratlen name, and we agree it is important to allow for each individual to be honored for their unique contributions.  We in no way meant to diminish the legacy of Dr. Price Spratlen, and we look forward to honoring both nurses under the new name: 

The University of Washington Manning Price Spratlen Center for Anti-Racism & Equity in Nursing (MPSCARE in Nursing)

Please feel free to reach out for any questions regarding our naming process []


We are thrilled to announce the new name for the University of Washington School of Nursing’s Anti-Racism Center:

The University of Washington Manning Spratlen Center for Anti-Racism & Equity in Nursing (MS-CARE in Nursing)

See below for details and rationale:

The name-change process included 2 parts: 

Firstly, with the help of our advisory committee, as well as our strategic communications consultant, we generated a list of 4 potential names that we felt truly embodied the values of  the Center. We asked the SoN community to vote for their preference. We received multiple suggestions from the SoN community as well which were taken into consideration.  

Second, after reviewing the results, considering the suggestions from our SoN community, and discussing with our advisory committee, we decided that integrating Ms. Manning’s and Dr. Price Spratlen’s names together would be the best way to reflect the values and mission of the Center in the name. As such, we are pleased to announce the new name for the Center: 

The University of Washington Manning Spratlen Center for Anti-Racism & Equity in Nursing (MS-CARE in Nursing)

Wondering why we decided to change the name? Continue reading to learn more about our process:
To further align with the Center’s mission to dismantle structural racism in nursing, we have decided to rename the Center for Anti-Racism in Nursing (CARiN). Why a change? Because a “Karen” has become cultural shorthand for a white woman who uses her race and privilege to oppress and malign people of color. Using the Center’s acronym can be triggering and can relay values that are not in alignment with our mission.
To ensure the renaming is an inclusive process, (and in line with the listening session participants feedback that the Center should be community-led in its processes), we invite the School of Nursing community to vote for their preferred new name for the Center.
All of the suggested names were created by Strategic Communications consultant Nicole Moore, who is contracted by the Center for her expertise in marketing and branding. The Center’s advisory council, made up of members from all three campuses at UW as well as external individuals, have cast their votes. The names listed below represent the Top Four selections.
See below for the strategic reasoning behind each recommendation:
  • Center for Anti-Racism & Equity In Nursing (CARE In Nursing): Adding “Equity” to the name of the Center further defines the mission of this institution placing it firmly within a social justice framework. Equity means meeting people, especially those disproportionately impacted by institutional discrimination, exactly where they are and providing resources to them that are proportionate to what they need in order to thrive. Without equity, anti-racism cannot be promoted.
  • Center for Anti-Racism & Social Justice in Nursing (CARSJIN): Instead of “equity” this name centers “social justice.” Social Justice is more of an action word and connotes a “fight” for equity and fairness.
Less than 10% of all buildings on college/ university campuses are named after women and only a small percentage of those buildings are named after Black women. With that in mind, the names of two Black women, both notably ground breaking nurses, were nominated for The Center’s renaming and they are as follows:
  • The Frankie Manning Center for Anti-Racism in Nursing: Frankie Manning served on UW School of Nursing’s faculty search committees to broaden diversity recruitment, and ensure that interviewing and evaluation processes reflected principles related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Her promotion and advocacy for diversity in nursing is reflective of the mission of The Center.
  • The Lois Price Spratlen Center for Anti-Racism in NursingLois Price Spratlen has contributed much to the nursing field, most notably her documentation of the experiences and lives of Black women nurses in Seattle. Her research, writing, and advocacy addressed the needs of Black professional nurses and other nurses of color.

MLK Blog

See original post here: 2023 Celebrating Dr. King | School of Nursing (

For decades, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been revered around the world for his groundbreaking civil rights activism. We share a collective memory of a noble reverend that led his people through unimaginable circumstances. However, it is hard to imagine that he would be well-received in our current political context today, given his disruptive tactics and relentless commitment to awakening the white consciousness.

Let’s not forget that King was considered radical, even for the 1960s.  Dr. King was surveilled by the FBI, after Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy approved wire-tapping his phone calls. He was even considered a threat to national security.

He was a bold front-runner. He championed causes he knew were just, regardless of the cost. He was not afraid of what he would lose for standing on the side of justice. If we truly intend to honor Dr. King’s legacy, then we must be bold. We must be willing to do what is right, even when others around us are afraid to join us. Dr. King did not do what was comfortable or easy; he was constantly putting himself in situations of extreme discomfort, even danger, to advance his cause. White folks and those with other kinds of privilege must be willing to do the same if they are to think of themselves as allies.

Dr. King said as much himself when he wrote, “First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice.”

For many of us, taking a stand for what is right will bear a cost, but that cost is far less dear than what Dr. King and other Black folks would have had to endure in 1963.

We must be more committed to justice and equity than order and comfort. This commitment expands into the work of providing care and those who hold that honorable occupation.

Nurses are a special profession. We often praise ourselves for this and rightly so. And yet, historically, the fields of health provision and nursing have fallen short of our profession’s charge: to care for society’s most vulnerable. Racism shows up in many forms throughout this profession, and results in devastating healthcare inequities. See The National Commission to Address Racism’s Report on Racism in Nursing

As nurses, we must be leaders. We cannot wait for other professions to act – we must lead by example.

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman.” – Dr. King

The UW School of Nursing has made antiracism efforts a priority for the school – one step of many needed toward embodying Dr. King’s dream of an antiracist society.

Between launching the Center for Antiracism in Nursing, to embedding antiracist principles throughout our DEI strategic Plan, to our annual antiracist/diversity, equity, and inclusion teaching institute, our school is leading by example and hopefully inspiring other professions to embed these principles into their educational and institutional practices.

We are proud to partner with the other UW health sciences schools to honor a member of our community engaging in impactful community service. This year, we proudly recognize Interim Dean & Associate Professor Dr. David Reyes of University of Washington Tacoma for the Health Sciences Martin Luther King Award. Dr. Reyes has displayed exemplary leadership for his commitment to community engagement and leadership. His dedication truly embodies the spirit of this holiday, which is to serve our confidently communities most in need.

There are people like Dr. Reyes who are every day living out their professions with this courage and commitment to community. Let all of us put into action these same values that honor the legacy of Dr. King.

Post written by Kahlea Williams- Project Operations Manager – Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & Center for Antiracism in Nursing