News and Announcements

Regis graduate student and faculty member wins award at Brigham and Women's Hospital

March 9, 2011

Regis graduate student and faculty member Cherlie Normilus will receive the Brigham and Women’s Hospital UJIMA AWARD Thursday March 10 at 12 noon at the Brigham. The BWH Ujima Award was established in 2008 to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of multicultural members of the hospital community.

Ujima is one of the seven principles of Kwanza which is a celebration of family, community, and culture. According to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital description of the award, “We realize that the very best staff includes nurses who reflect the communities that we serve and are able to improve patient outcomes by advocating for the provision of culturally-sensitive care.”

Normilus was born in Port-De-Paix, Haiti in 1976, one of 14 children. The January, 2010 earthquake devastated her family, especially brother Osman, who lost his wife, 9- year-old daughter, sister-in-law, many neighbors and close friends including his house. He is now raising 2 little boys without their mother.

Cherlie Normilus expects to receive her master of science in nursing from Regis College this May. She is a clinical instructor at Regis as well as a critical care nurse at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has previously served as a nurse at the Cambridge Health Alliance and the Goddard House Home for Aged Women in Jamaica Plain.

She says she wanted to be part of a profession “that would provide a direct way for me to give back to the community that I am part of both locally as well as in Haiti.” Normilus attributes her success to her parents, who left their home to pursue the American dream.

“My father had one goal in mind, to raise independent women. He believed that could only be accomplished through education,” she added, noting that her education gave her what she needed to “make positive changes in others’ lives and able to provide care and comfort to those in need.”

“We are very proud of Cherlie, who expresses the best of Regis’ commitment to serve the dear neighbor,” said Regis President Mary Jane England, MD. “In addition to everything else that Cherlie does, she is an important part of the Regis College Haiti Project.”

The Regis College School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions has partnered with the Haitian Ministry of Health, nursing school leaders in Haiti, and the Boston-based medical charity Partners In Health (PIH) to launch an innovative program to provide long-term, advanced training for nursing faculty in Haiti. The program is the result of three years of planning and development and addresses the urgent need for more and better-trained nurses in a country ravaged by last year’s devastating earthquake.

“Cherlie’s recognition by the Brigham is well deserved,” said Antoinette Hays, RN, PhD, and Dean of the Regis College School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions. “The earthquake was devastating to a country that already was barely hanging on by a thread. An investment in the faculty of nursing in Haiti is an investment in the health of the country for the long term. And Cherlie is part of the team that is going to help make that happen.”

Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences and the School of Nursing, Sciences and Health Professions, approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 17 undergraduate majors; 30 minors; 10 interdisciplinary pathways toward professional success; and master’s degree programs in education, communication, health administration, health product regulation, and nursing, and a doctoral program in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The College is listed by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience. With a strategic graduate focus on health care, Regis College was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors.
CONTACT: for Regis: Marjorie Arons-Barron, (617) 969-2707;

Regis College: News and Announcements
News, Announcements
News and Announcements