Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Please direct any inquiries to the committee chair or AACN staff liaison. 

Elias Provencio-Vasquez, PhD, Chair
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
headshot of kendra barrier Kendra Barrier, PhD, First Term
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
headshot of Patricia Cowan Patricia A. Cowan, PhD, First Term
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
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Vivienne Friday, EdD, First term
Goodwin University
Interim Dean


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Aziza Mahmud PĂ©rez, PhD, First Term
Ponce Health Sciences University
Dean of Nursing

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Melissa Joy Roberts, JD, First term
UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies
Interim Dean


Julie J. Zerwic, PhD, Second Term
University of Iowa

Demetrius Porche, DNS, Board Liaison
Louisiana State University Health Science Center
  Wanda Thruston, DNP, Staff Liaison
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion