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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Group

The goal of DEIG is to serve as a convening body to unite expertise, experience, and guidance for academic nursing in Leading Across Differences. DEIG will collectively explore innovative approaches to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic nursing and the nursing workforce, and support the efforts of AACN member institutions and academic nursing at the local, regional, and national levels to advance diversity and inclusion.

DEIG Members

Jessica Alicea-Planas, RN, PhD, MS/MPH, CHES
Fairfield University  
  Louisana Louis, DNP, RN
St. Petersburg College  
Bimpe O. Adedipe, PhD, MSN, RN, APRN CNS
Cleveland State University 
  Cristina López, PhD 
Medical University of South Carolina
Angela Frederick Amar, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Nevada, Las Vegas  
  Jerrihlyn L. McGee, DNP, RN, CNE 
University of Kansas School of Nursing

Jeffrey Ash, EdD 
University of Maryland, Baltimore

  Thomas (Thom) B. Mendez, PhD, RN-BC, CNS

University of Texas Medical Branch


Kendra M. Barrier, PhD, MSN, RN 
Louisiana State University Health New Orleans Center School of Nursing   

  Blanca Miller PhD, RN
Methodist College

E. Renee Cantwell, DNP, RN, CNE, CPHQ 
Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden

  Carolyn Montoya, PhD, CPNP, FAANP, FAAN 
University of New Mexico College of Nursing
Brigit M. Carter, PhD, RN, CCRN 
Duke University School of Nursing 
  Quanza E. Mooring, PhD RN 
Texas Lutheran University
Brenda Cassidy, DNP, MSN,CPNP-PC 
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing 
  Tama L. Morris, RN, PhD, CNE 
Queens University of Charlotte  
Liane Connelly, PhD, RN, NEA-BC 
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing 
  Joanne Noone, PhD, RN, CNE 
Oregon Health & Science University  
Yvette N. Conyers, DNP, RN, FNP-C, CTN-B 
University of Rochester, School of Nursing 
  LaDonia D. Patterson, EdD(c), MSN, RN, CNE 
Tanner Health System School of Nursing, University of West Georgia 
Sandra Davis, PhD, DPM, ACNP-BC 
George Washington University School of Nursing  
  Sabita Persaud, PhD, RN, APHN-BC 
Notre Dame of Maryland University  
Jessica Dillard-Wright, MA, MSN, CNM 
Augusta University College of Nursing 
  Kenneth S Peterson, PhD, MS, RN, FNP-BC 
University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing 
Mary Dowell, MSN, RN 
Liberty University School of Nursing  
  Gloria Ramsey, JD, RN, FAAN 
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Lorna Finnegan, PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN 
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing 
  Shielda Rodgers, RN, PhD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing
Barbara A. Fowler, PhD, PHCNS, BC 
Wright State University 
  Norma Martínez Rogers, PhD, RN, FAAN 
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio  
Patricia Francis-Johnson, DNP, RN 
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center 
  Kristin Roslansky 
Viterbo University
Cathy H. Franklin-Griffin, PhD, MSN, RN, CHPN 
Judge-McRae School of Nursing, Mars Hill University 
  Pamela Johnson Rowsey, PhD, RN 
The University of North Carolina Greensboro 
Julian L. Gallegos, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNL 
Touro University California 
  Susan Saladino, PhD, RN 
SUNY Downstate College of Nursing 
Janice Garrison Lanham, RN, MS, CCRN-K, CNS,FNP 
Clemson University School of Nursing 
  Ana Sanchez-Birkhead, PhD, APRN
The University of Utah
Carleen Graham, MSN, RN, NY-SAFE 
Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel 
  Janelle R. Sokolowich, PhD, MSN, RN 
Chamberlain University 
Linda Haen, MSN, RN, FNP-C, APNP 
Bellin College  
  Jeanne-Marie R. Stacciarini, RN, PhD, FAAN 
University of Florida 
Bradley Ray Harrell, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC 
University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing 
  Linda D. Taylor, PhD, RN, CNE 
Northern Illinois University
Carolina G. Huerta, EdD, RN, FAAN 
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley  
  Michael Valenti, PhD, RN 
University of Central Florida  
Coretta Jenerette, PhD, RN, FAAN 
University of South Carolina 
  Katilya Ware, PhD, RN 
Auburn University  
Edith Jenkins-Weinrub, RN, EdD 
Holy Names University
  Ashley Weber, PhD, RN 
University of Cincinnati
Julie Kruse, PhD, RN 
Oakland University 
  Janet Weeda, MSN 
Hope College
Lisa M. Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN 
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing  
  Lisa Whitfield-Harris, PhD, MBA, RN
Thomas Jefferson University
Kae Rivers Livsey, MPH, PhD, RN
Western Carolina University  








Edith Jenkins-Weinrub, RN, EdD 
Holy Names University