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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEILN) Pre-Conference
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. 

Learn more about the DEILN.

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 Pre-Conference 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, Louisiana
Phone: 504-581-1000

Registration Fee

Note: Registration for the DEILN pre-conference event is separate from the Diversity Symposium registration. The above prices reflect the cost of the Diversity Symposium conference; the below price is the fee for specifically the DEILN pre-conference event.

DEILN Pre-Conference  
Fee: $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.
    • 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.

Program Agenda

Time Session
8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
8:30 a.m. DEILN Updates
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Optimizing Resources to Advance Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Supreme Court’s decision to end race conscious admissions and actions taking place in many states to dismantle diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts on college campuses have raised the question: What is next for DEI in nursing education? As we continue the work, how do we find new ways of adhering to the law and meeting our institutional goals and professional obligations? This session will explore the SCOTUS decision and guidance from the federal government providing possible ways forward. Space and opportunity to share strategies for nursing schools seeking to advance their DEI agendas will be provided as we envision new approaches together.


  1. Indicate current and desired knowledge related to the SCOTUS ruling regarding race-conscious admissions.
  2. Dissect guidance on the SCOTUS ruling to determine prohibited and permissible strategies to facilitate a diverse student population.
  3. Devise potential ways forward by learning from the collective experiences and communal visioning of colleague.
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Closing

headshot of Danica SumpterFeatured Speaker

Dr. Danica Sumpter
Macy Faculty Scholar

Dr. Danica Sumpter is a dynamic and accomplished academic, nurse educator, and leader in the field of nursing, recognized for her extensive contributions to health education, equity, and justice. She earned her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in 2009, following earlier achievements including an MSN in neonatal nursing and Post-Master’s Teaching Certificate from the same institution and a BSN from the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing in 2001.

Dr. Sumpter is a Certified Nurse Educator, and her commitment to excellence in teaching earned her the Dean's Innovations in Teaching Award and the Provost's Teaching Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin, where she taught for almost 12 years. Throughout her career, Dr. Sumpter has distinguished herself through various fellowships, such as the Josiah Macy Faculty Scholars Program, which she utilized to develop her own anti-racist teaching praxis and that of faculty colleagues across the country.

Her impact extends beyond the classroom, as demonstrated by her extensive service in nursing practice, community engagement, and leadership roles. As the Chief Education, Equity, and Wellness Officer at CS Innovations, she brings a wealth of expertise to her role. Her dedication to advancing inclusive excellence is further evident in her current role as a DEI Consultant for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

An influential voice in nursing, her scholarship and advocacy for anti-racist teaching strategies are reflected in her numerous publications, presentations, and media appearances. Recognized for her outstanding contributions, Dr. Sumpter has received prestigious awards such as the Distinguished Alumna award from the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing and the Dean's Excellence Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She continues to shape the future of nursing through her innovative teaching methods, mentorship of students, and commitment to dismantling systemic oppression.


What is the DEILN?

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Network (DEILN) supports the efforts of AACN member institutions and academic nursing at the local, regional, and national levels to advance diversity and inclusion. The goal of DEILN is to align its efforts with the strategic diversity goals and objectives of AACN and the larger nursing community.

These efforts include, but are not limited to:

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


Join Today!

For questions, contact the AACN Conference Team today!