DEI Lecture Series

Edilma Yearwood speaks from a podium

The School of Nursing invites you to join us for our monthly development series focused on issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and anti-racism.

Upcoming Speakers and Lectures

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October 4, 2023

“Color Me Capable: The Rise of African-American Nurse Faculty at Lincoln School for Nurses”

Hybrid Presentation Featuring:
Ashley Graham-Perel, EdD, RN, NPD-BC, MEDSURG-BC, CNE
Assistant Professor of Nursing, Columbia University School of Nursing
Dr. Graham-Perel centered on the first school established to educate Black women in the arts of nursing in New York City, the lack of diversity in nursing education, and the impact on inequitable health care disparities among the Black community.

June 20, 2023

“Advancing Health Equity in Midwifery & WHNP Education”

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Melicia Escobar, DNP, CNM, WHNP-BC, FACNM

Heather M. Bradford, PhD, CNM, FACNM

Christina Marea, PhD, MA, MSN, FACNM

Presenters provided a synopsis of design, implementation, evaluation of an innovative health equity curriculum and present their current scaffolding efforts through the 2022 RADIANCE grant.

May 4, 2023

“The Advantage Spectrum: A Discussion of Privilege Versus Advantage”

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Felesia Bowen, PhD, DNP, RN, PPCNP-BC, FAAN,
Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Bowen helped us navigate the complex landscape of power and privilege and shift our attention to the concepts of advantage and disadvantage to help us better understand the concept of privilege within a social context.

April 5, 2023

“Georgetown Disability Cultural Initiative: How to Create a Culture of Access in Your Classroom, Clubs, and Community”

This online event was not recorded.


Amy Kenny, Ph.D., Inaugural Associate Director, Disability Cultural Initiative at Georgetown University

Dr. Amy Kenny discussed ways we can celebrate the diverse disability community and cultivate a culture of access across campus. Dr. Kenny is a disabled scholar, writer, and advocate. This virtual presentation was part of a monthly development series focused on issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and anti-racism.

March 21, 2023

“Emerging Issues Surrounding Social and Structural Determinants of Health and Implications for Nursing Science”

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Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, PhD, MPH, LCSW, RN, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC, FAAN
Dean, Duke University School of Nursing

Dr. Guilamo-Ramos helped us reimagine our perspectives on social determinants of health and highlight the importance of defining terminology and communicating in ways that minimize further stigma, harm and trauma to those we serve.

February 23, 2023

“African-Americans in Healthcare: Privacy, Consent and Trust”

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Vice President and Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer at Drexel University

January 25, 2023

“From Value to Valor: Beyond the Eye of Social Justice”

This presentation was not recorded.

Associate Provost for Social Mission & Academic Excellence at Chamberlain University

Lucinda Canty, PhD, CNM, FACNM
Director, Seedworks Health Equity in Nursing Program
University of Massachusetts at Amherst