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Richard Richardson
Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
School of Nursing

As a Flint native, I have witnessed the presence and growth of the University of Michigan–Flint across a lifetime. UM-Flint represents a crucial component of the infrastructure of my beloved community. For me, its presence as a strategic higher education entity supports and sustains an essential community partnership. This partnership helps to assure the transitions of Flint and the surrounding area from a fading blue collar manufacturing community to a newer and prevailing community of educational scholarship and excellence.

In 2004, I formally joined the UM-Flint community as a faculty member in the department, now School, of Nursing. My role has transitioned across time from a part-time adjunct faculty to employment as a full–time Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing. Within this timeframe, my primary purpose as a nurse educator is to foster the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective development of the next generation of professional nurses. Drawing upon my previous thirty-plus years of clinical and administrative experiences within one of the larger local healthcare systems, I strive to prepare our students not only as future clinical experts in the care of others, but as tomorrow’s leaders in an ever-changing American healthcare system. 

Concurrently and reflectively, I have identified the many struggles our students encounter in their educational journeys. Financial issues often represent the first and most enduring of these burdens. When I "give from within," it is to help, in some small way, to reduce these financial burdens that our students encounter. Traditionally, I have earmarked my financial gifts to support students in their acquisition of textbooks, a key imperative to student success. The sustainability of our institution and the success of our students cannot be left to the determinants of external influences. We, as members of the UM-Flint community, must do our part to assure this commonly shared mission. Our greatest opportunity to assure this endeavor is to give from within. That is why I give.



Financial issues often represent the first and most enduring of these burdens.  When I give from within, it is to help, in some small way, to reduce these financial burdens that our students encounter.