The gift will establish a strategic initiatives fund focused on emerging healthcare innovations; support the college's efforts to expand enrollment and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion; and address the shortage of nursing faculty with doctorates. With the goal of graduating five thousand nurses over the next decade — a thousand of them from backgrounds underrepresented in nursing — the college will provide scholarships for up to eighty students a year.
"This generous gift comes at a really critical time as we persist through the pandemic and work to address racial injustices so that we can decrease health disparities," said College of Nursing dean Janet Krejci. "We see significant opportunity to increase the enrollment, retention, and graduation rates for our underrepresented students and deepen all of our students' understanding and competencies of how to support and engage patients from a range of different backgrounds. Darren and Terry have not only given of their treasure, they've given of their time working beside us to map out this vision."
Darren Jackson, who graduated from the College of Business Administration, chaired the Marquette board from 2009 to 2012, and he and his wife currently co-chair the President's Advisory Council.
"Our country has been through a real challenge over the past year," said Terry Jackson, a College of Nursing graduate who leads the college's campaign committee. "Not only with the COVID crisis, but in the economic crisis and in the cries for social justice. Our goal is to help Marquette answer the call."
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