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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

Sarah Abboud, PhD, RN
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing
  Lisa M. Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN 
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing 
Jessica Alicea-Planas, RN, PhD, MS/MPH, CHES
Fairfield University  
  Kae Rivers Livsey, MPH, PhD, RN
Western Carolina University 
Bimpe O. Adedipe, PhD, MSN, RN, APRN CNS
Cleveland State University 
  Louisana Louis, DNP, RN
St. Petersburg College 
Angela Frederick Amar, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Nevada, Las Vegas  
  Cristina López, PhD 
Medical University of South Carolina 

Jeffrey Ash, EdD 
University of Maryland, Baltimore

  Jerrihlyn L. McGee, DNP, RN, CNE 
University of Kansas School of Nursing

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

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

University of Texas Medical Branch

Jitana Benton-Lee, RN, DNP, MBA-HC, NEA-BC
University of Kentucky, AB Chandler Hospital 
  Blanca Miller PhD, RN
Methodist College 
Gina S. Brown, PhD, MSA, RN 
Howard University 
  Carolyn Montoya, PhD, CPNP, FAANP, FAAN 
University of New Mexico College of Nursing
Sharon A. Bryant, PhD
Binghamton University, State University of New York 
  Tama L. Morris, RN, PhD, CNE 
Queens University of Charlotte  

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

  Joanne Noone, PhD, RN, CNE 
Oregon Health & Science University  
Brigit M. Carter, PhD, RN, CCRN 
Duke University School of Nursing 
  Sabita Persaud, PhD, RN, APHN-BC 
Notre Dame of Maryland University  
Brenda Cassidy, DNP, MSN,CPNP-PC 
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing 
  Kenneth S Peterson, PhD, MS, RN, FNP-BC 
University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing 
Liane Connelly, PhD, RN, NEA-BC 
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing 
  Caithlin B. Poronsky, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC
Loyola University Chicago
Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing 
Yvette N. Conyers, DNP, RN, FNP-C, CTN-B 
Wegmans School of Nursing - St. John Fisher College
  Gloria Ramsey, JD, RN, FAAN 
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Sandra Davis, PhD, DPM, ACNP-BC 
George Washington University School of Nursing  
  Shielda Rodgers, RN, PhD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing
Jessica Dillard-Wright, MA, MSN, CNM 
Augusta University College of Nursing 
  Norma Martínez Rogers, PhD, RN, FAAN 
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio   
Mary Dowell, MSN, RN 
Liberty University School of Nursing   
  Kristin Roslansky 
Viterbo University  
Barbara A. Fowler, PhD, PHCNS, BC 
Wright State University 
  Susan Saladino, PhD, RN 
SUNY Downstate College of Nursing 
Patricia Francis-Johnson, DNP, RN 
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center  
  Ana Sanchez-Birkhead, PhD, APRN
The University of Utah
Julian L. Gallegos, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNL 
Touro University California 
  Krista J. Simmons, MSN, RN, ANP-C
Saint Louis University 
Janice Garrison Lanham, RN, MS, CCRN-K, CNS,FNP 
Clemson University School of Nursing 
  Janelle R. Sokolowich, PhD, MSN, RN 
Chamberlain University
Carleen Graham, MSN, RN, NY-SAFE 
Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel
  Jeanne-Marie R. Stacciarini, RN, PhD, FAAN 
University of Florida 
Linda Haen, MSN, RN, FNP-C, APNP 
Bellin College  
  Linda D. Taylor, PhD, RN, CNE 
Northern Illinois University  
Bradley Ray Harrell, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC 
University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing 
  Michael Valenti, PhD, RN 
University of Central Florida
Carolina G. Huerta, EdD, RN, FAAN 
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley  
  Katilya Ware, PhD, RN 
Auburn University
Coretta Jenerette, PhD, RN, FAAN 
University of South Carolina 
  Ashley Weber, PhD, RN 
University of Cincinnati 
Edith Jenkins-Weinrub, RN, EdD 
Holy Names University
  Janet Weeda, MSN 
Hope College  
Pamela Johnson Rowsey, PhD, RN 
The University of North Carolina Greensboro   
  Lisa Whitfield-Harris, PhD, MBA, RN
Thomas Jefferson University
Rolanda Johnson, PhD, MSN, RN
Vanderbilt University 
  Shawnte Wilson, MSW
Trocaire College
Julie Kruse, PhD, RN 
Oakland University 








Edith Jenkins-Weinrub, RN, EdD 
Holy Names University