The Keys to Inclusive Leadership in Nursing (KILN) program assists students to maximize their leadership potential, prepares them for the challenges of providing nursing care in our increasingly multicultural society, and nurtures their ability to create positive social change. KILN scholars receive financial support, faculty mentorship, and opportunities to network with nurse leaders as they pursue their undergraduate or graduate studies.
The KILN program was started in 2009 with a federal Nursing Workforce Diversity grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Since 2012, additional funding from the Price Family Foundation enables continuation and expansion of the program. Currently more than 50 KILN scholars per year participate in KILN.
“The things I’ve learned through KILN have been life changing. I not only feel like I’ve grown as a future nurse in caring for her patients, but I feel like I’ve grown as a person. I’m beyond thankful to Boston College and to KILN for putting me through this learning and growing experience. For the future, I hope to continue to educate myself and others and to work toward increasing diversity in nursing.”
What long term outcomes should we expect from our KILN graduates and what framework guides our assessment of those outcomes? It is our hope that participation in KILN helps students to maximize their leadership potential and prepare for the challenges of providing nursing care in our increasingly multicultural society. Beyond that, however, we hope KILN graduates will become professionals who possess self-awareness; value inclusivity, integrity, and commitment; and promote equity, social justice, service and collaboration throughout their careers. These characteristics are the basic tenets of the “Social Change Model,” the framework we have selected to guide our endeavors and define our goals for KILN.
The Social Change Model was developed by the Higher Education Research Institute (1996) of UCLA for college students who want to learn to work effectively with others to create positive social change over their lifetimes. The assumptions of the SCM assert that leadership is a collaborative, service-oriented, values–based process that is about effecting change on behalf of society.
These seven values of the Social Change Model are defined as follows:
Source: Higher Education Research Institute. (1996). A social change model of leadership development: Guidebook version III. College Park, MD: National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs.
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