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Senior Nursing Major Focuses on Community, Diversity, and Social Justice

November 15, 2019 – Morgan Robinson (NHS’20) is pursuing her BSN at Georgetown, a place where she has been a leader in the Black House and has focused her energy on community advocacy, diversity, health education, and sexual assault prevention. She says studying abroad in Australia was a highlight of her undergraduate education, and she hopes to use her career path to further develop her passions.

Senior nursing major Morgan Robinson (NHS’20) poses by Healy Hall with autumn leaves
Senior nursing major Morgan Robinson (NHS’20) poses by Healy Hall.

Question: Where did you grow up, and how did you discover Georgetown?

Robinson: I call Atlanta home. I will argue until the end of time that it’s the best city on Earth, but I’m open to hear rebuttals. Though when I began my college search, I knew that I wanted to spread my wings and venture into a new city, which is how DC came to be. I actually didn’t plan on originally applying to Georgetown until after I went on a marathon college tour my junior year of high school. When we visited campus, I instantly fell in love and called my mom to gush on the phone about how I found my “dream school.” The next thing you know, here I am beginning to end my time at Georgetown.  

Question: How have you enjoyed Georgetown?

Robinson: Georgetown has been an absolute rollercoaster for myself, from the best of times, the worst of times, the joyful, and the challenging. I credit the folks I’ve come in contact and have crafted lifelong relationships with at Georgetown, because without their love and support, the journey would be even more difficult. 

I am grateful for the places far and wide Georgetown has allowed for me to go, as well as the relationships I’ve been able to build with a number of my clinical instructors. My highlight in nursing was studying abroad in Sydney, Australia my junior fall. It was the best five months of my life, and I don’t believe I’ll ever be able to match my time there, including the chance to engage with Australia’s health care system.

Mostly, I feel fortunate (and slightly amazed at myself) that this journey into such a selfless and fruitful career as nursing is right at my fingertips.

Question: Tell us a little bit about your time at Georgetown, including your activities.

Robinson: I’ve done many activities here at Georgetown, but there are certain ones I’ve poured much of my love into. I started off my first year participating in a pre-orientation program called Young Leaders in Educating About Diversity (YLEAD), in which I then served as a peer leader both my sophomore and senior years. I’ve also been a member of SAPE (Sexual Assault Peer Educators) since my first year. I have done a lot of work surrounding sexual assault prevention. I lived in Black House my junior spring semester, and I work at Health Education Services. This certainly isn’t an exhaustive list, but if I could say anything about what I’ve done at Georgetown, it’s been centered around community advocacy and care and social justice.

Question: What kind of work did you do as marketing and outreach coordinator with the Black House?

Robinson: I cherished the semester that I did serve as a resident in spring 2019. Black House sits on so much student history and activism, so between myself and my housemates, it was neat to have a hand in crafting the house for the year. Aside from sending out our weekly newsletter and creating flyers for events, a lot of my duty was to maintain the presence of Black House as a safe space for Black (and other marginalized) students on campus. Sometimes that would mean hosting a self-care night or just being present for the community. 

Question: What are you thinking about after Georgetown?

Robinson: That’s such a great question! As of right now, I’m still narrowing my options while also recognizing that the field of nursing has a slew of paths to choose from, but I hope to stay local to DC. Long term, I would like to combine my passion for sexual assault prevention with nursing and become a forensic nurse and/or SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner). 

But in the short term, I would love to be in a setting that is trauma-informed and community-oriented. I’m also entertaining the option of travelling and living outside the United States to practice, so we’ll see where the world takes me!