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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEILN) Program

February 5, 2024

This half-day program, held prior to the Diversity Symposium, is hosted by AACN’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Network (DEILN), a network specifically created for faculty, deans, and staff with an interest in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. It provides opportunities to explore real world issues, and exchange ideas related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

The DEILN supports the efforts of AACN member institutions and academic nursing at the local, regional, and national levels to advance diversity and inclusion.

These efforts include, but are not limited to:

  • Sharing evidence-based promising practices
  • Engaging with the membership
  • Providing consultative services
  • Convening networking forums


The goal of DEILN is to align its efforts with the strategic diversity goals and objectives of AACN and the larger nursing community.


Who Should Attend

DEILN Members and faculty, deans, and staff with an interest in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.

How to Attend

The DEILN Program will be offered as an in-person event prior to the 2024 Diversity Symposium in New Orleans, LA.

Conference Venue

New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, Loisiana
Phone: 504-581-1000

headshot of Danica SumpterFeatured Speaker

Dr. Danica Sumpter
Macy Faculty Scholar

Danica Sumpter received undergraduate degrees from two contrasting institutions, an associate degree from a small historically Black Christian college, and a bachelor’s degree from one of the largest public universities in the country. After graduation in 2001 she began her career as a registered nurse in the neonatal ICU. Even before completing her undergraduate degree, she knew she would pursue graduate studies but she wasn’t sure where or in what specialty. The next leg of her journey led her from the NICU in San Antonio to Philadelphia where she obtained her MSN and PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. Her academic and professional endeavors centered around medically fragile infants and the biopsychosocial interplay inherent in parenting a child with a congenital heart defect.

After having a child of her own, she and her husband moved back to the Austin area to be close to family. The next stage of her journey led her to pediatric acute care nursing and back to her alma mater. She has taught at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing since 2012. Her teaching has focused in the areas of child health and nursing education. In her time at UT she has realized a love for all things “teaching and learning.” During her stint as chair of the Family, Public Health and Nursing Administration Division, she also realized a love for faculty development.

Her clinical experiences and those of her students continue to highlight the persistent health inequities in America, especially for people of color. She is currently most passionate about elevating her consciousness and those she interacts with as a first step to dismantling institutionalized racism and improving the health outcomes of marginalized groups in America. In 2018 she helped spearhead the faculty/staff book club at the UT Austin School of Nursing to create a brave space for conversations about race and racism. She has also been instrumental in the facilitation of the annual school wide movie night where films such as “13th” and “White Like Me” have been viewed and used as a launching point for conversations about race and racism for faculty, staff, and students.

In addition to being an active member of her church, wife, and mom to two amazing kids, she is a member of the NLN Taking Aims Initiative Committee addressing structural racism, diversity, equity, inclusion, implicit bias, and social justice. Her DEI work at the national, school, institutional and community levels informs her current work as a Macy Faculty Scholar. Though the work can be overwhelming and tiring, she stays motivated by keeping in mind that systems of oppression gain their power from silence, so she must keep talking.

Registration Fees

Diversity Symposium Standard
Ends Jan. 5
Begins Jan. 6
DEILN Members $569* $669*
AACN Members $599* $699*
AACN Non-Members $799 $899
Students $300** $350**

* Each additional registration from the same institution receives a $30 discount.
** Student discount applies to full-time graduate students only who are carrying nine or more credit hours this semester. Students must submit registration requests together with verification of full-time student status to

DEILN Meeting  
DEILN Members $99

  • You may substitute your in-person registration to another individual within your organization. This must be done by contacting the AACN Conference Department via email at
  • If a substitution is not possible, your cancellation request must be received in writing and confirmed by AACN; otherwise, it cannot be honored. The following refund arrangements will then apply:
    • Cancellation requests received by January 22, 2024, will be refunded minus a $150 non-refundable administrative fee ($75 for students.)
    • No refunds will be given after January 22, 2024, nor will refunds be given for no-shows.
    • No-show registrations with an open balance will be charged the non-refundable administrative fee as outlined above after the event.
  • Your cancellation request must be submitted in writing to and confirmed by AACN.

Please note: AACN will issue refunds within a 2-week time period of receipt of written cancellation notice.

For questions, contact the AACN Conference Team today!