Symposium Program

Learning Outcomes 
  • Strategize approaches to engage stakeholders to advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).
  • Mobilize the power of nursing in leadership, teaching, scholarship, research, and service to advance DEI and health equity.
  • Disseminate innovative evidence-based approaches to ignite and sustain transformational change for inclusive excellence.
Tuesday, November 9

All times are listed in Eastern Time.

11:00-11:30 a.m. 
Welcome and Centering- Special Offering and NOT available on demand!
A Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.
        
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Plenary Session: Introduction to Courageous Conversation®
Introduction to Courageous Conversation® is an experience that acquaints individuals with a set of tools, The Protocol™, to engage, sustain and deepen dialogues about race. Participants will be introduced to the three components of The Protocol™: The Compass, Four Agreements, and Six Conditions. This initial engagement with Courageous Conversation™ guides an exploration of the life impact and promotes an essential literacy and consciousness to examine our personal, professional, and organizational ways of being. Designed to meet participants at whatever their level of experience. Introduction to Courageous Conversation™ will enhance any effort to promote racial equity.
Speaker: Glenn E. Singleton, CEO & Founder, Courageous Conversations, San Francisco, CA
Facilitator: Nora Montalvo-Liendo, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, McAllen, TX

1:30-2:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

2:00-3:00 p.m.
AACN Diversity Toolbox Panel
Speakers: Piri Ackerman-Barger, PhD, RN, Associate Dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Associate Clinical Professor, University of California Davis, Davis, CA; Kendra M. Barrier, PhD, RN, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, Louisiana State University Health New Orleans Center, New Orleans, LA; Shielda Glover Rodgers, PhD, RN, Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC; and Janelle R. Sokolowich PhD, RN, Academic Vice President/Dean, College of Health Professions, Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, UT
Facilitator: Joanne Noone, PhD, RN, Campus Associate Dean – Ashland, Oregon Health & Science University, Ashland, OR

3:00-3:15 p.m.
Stretch Break 

3:15- 4:30 p.m. 
Panel Discussion for 2020-21 Lectureship Award for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Sustainability in Nursing Education

  • Private Colleges and Universities
    The Road to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Success in Nursing Education
    Speaker: Geraldine Q. Young, DNP, APRN, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Frontier Nursing University, Versailles, KY
     
  • Academic Health Centers
    The Time is Now: Addressing Structural and Institutional Barriers to Student Success in Nursing Education
    Speaker: Phoenix A. Matthews, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, College of Nursing, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL
     
  • Public Colleges and Universities
    Sustainable Strategies for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence 
    Speaker: Pamela Cook, DNP, RN, Interim Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs, Professor, College of Nursing and The Graduate School, Augusta University, Augusta, GA  

Facilitator: Carolyn Montoya, PhD, RN, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM

4:30 p.m.
Closing and Wrap-Up 
Speaker: Vernell DeWitty, PhD, RN, Chief Diversity Officer, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC

Wednesday, November 10

All times are listed in Eastern Time.

11:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. 
Welcome and Centering 

11:15-12:15 p.m.
Like-Schools Focused Discussions

  • Small/Liberal Arts Colleges
    Facilitator: Yvette N. Conyers, DNP, RN, Visiting Professor, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY
    Recorder: Jacquie Marshall, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL

     
  • Academic Health Centers
    Facilitator: Lisa Muirhead, DNP, APRN, Clinical Associate Professor, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
    Recorder: Katilya Ware, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Auburn University School of Nursing, Auburn, AL

     
  • Private Colleges and Universities
    Facilitator: Sharon Aneta Bryant, PhD, Associate Professor, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
    Recorder: Jamil Norman, PhD, RN, Tempo Competency-Based Learning Academic Program Coordinator- RN to BSN Program, Senior Core Faculty, School of Nursing, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN

     
  • Public Colleges and Universities
    Facilitator: Patricia Francis-Johnson, DNP, RN, Assistant Professor, Non-Traditional Nursing Program and Director for Diversity and Inclusion, Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Lubbock, TX
    Recorder: Carolina G. Huerta, EdD, RN, Professor, School of Nursing, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX

12:15-12:30 p.m.
Stretch Break 

12:30-1:30 p.m. 
The Intersection of The Essentials: Core Competencies for Nursing Education and The Future of Nursing Report
Panelists: Angela Amar, PhD, RN, Dean, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, Member of Essentials Taskforce and Marcus Henderson, MSN, RN, Lecturer and Clinical Instructor, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Member of the Future of Nursing Report Taskforce
Facilitator: Sally Ellis Fletcher, PhD, RN, Associate Dean for Students School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

1:30-2:00 p.m.
Lunch Break 

2:00-2:30 p.m.
Podium Abstracts I
This is AACN’s version of TEDTalks, whereby presenters have 20 minutes to get their key points across and the audience has five minutes to ask questions. Podium Abstract Presentations run concurrently, and you may select from three topics.
Facilitators: Vivienne Pierce McDaniel, DNP, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing (Adjunct), Aspen University, Denver, CO; Eleonor Pusey-Reid, DNP, RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA; Jitana Benton-Lee, DNP, MSN, Assistant Professor, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY; and  Ana C. Sanchez-Birkhead, PhD, APRN, Associate Professor, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT    

2:30-3:00 p.m.    
Podium Abstracts II
This is AACN’s version of TEDTalks, whereby presenters have 20 minutes to get their key points across and the audience has five minutes to ask questions. Podium Abstract Presentations run concurrently, and you may select from three topics. 
Facilitators: Vivienne Pierce McDaniel, DNP, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing (Adjunct), Aspen University, Denver, CO; Eleonor Pusey-Reid, DNP, RN, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA; Jitana Benton-Lee, DNP, MSN, Assistant Professor, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY; and Ana C. Sanchez-Birkhead, PhD, APRN, Associate Professor, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT    

3:00-3:15 p.m.
Stretch Break 

3:15-4:15 p.m. 
Closing Plenary: Health Equity and Maternal Health
Speaker: Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, MSN/MPH, RN, U.S. Representative for Illinois's 14th Congressional District
Facilitator: Lenetra Jefferson, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Troy University, Troy, AL

4:15 p.m.
Conference Closing 
Speaker: Vernell DeWitty, PhD, RN, Chief Diversity Officer, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC

CE Credit

AACN is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. CE hours will be offered for this conference.

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Membership in DEILN is open to all faculty, deans, and staff with an interest in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. This network will be of particular interest to diversity officers, administrators responsible for multicultural/diversity affairs, and those serving in or aspiring to similar roles.

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