Shorter after she and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator Chris Turley organized and led Frontier Nursing University’s twelfth annual Diversity Impact Conference, Dr. Paula Alexander-Delpech, Ph.D., PMNHP-BC, APRN, was named the university’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. The two-day Diversity Impact Conference featured an impressive lineup of presenters, highlighted by a screening of the acclaimed documentary “Apart.” The film features formerly incarcerated mothers jailed for drug-related charges who overcome alienation and a society that labels them as “felons” to readjust to life with their families. The screening was followed by a panel discussion with three of the women featured in the documentary.
“I am proud that FNU makes this a signature event,” Dr. Alexander-Delpech continued. “I am so proud that I am a member of a community that takes this so seriously that this is the type of event they would sponsor. I know I’m being prejudiced – nevertheless, we had a lineup of speakers that speaks volumes of how important diversity is to us. It tells us that we put value into diversity, equity, and inclusion. It’s not just lip service. It is what we live, it is part of our fabric. I’m so proud to be interwoven into that fabric
A full recap of the Diversity Impact Conference is part of the summer issue of the FNU Quarterly Bulletin, which examines the multiple diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and initiatives at the university, including the creation of student interest groups, a Bias Incident Report Advisory Council, and a Safe Space for Students.
This issue of the Quarterly Bulletin also introduces you to Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Rachel Risner, Ph.D., DNP, APRN, C-FNP, CNE. Dr. Risner, who is Choctaw and Cherokee, is active in a number of diversity-related initiatives, both within and outside the university. She was recently selected by the National League for Nursing to participate in the NLN’s Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy is a year-long program that “focuses on leadership development for nurse educators and other interprofessional colleagues to develop leadership competencies, integrate social determinants of health and social change into curricula and programs, and engage in research and scholarly activities related to social determinants of health and social change.”
In this issue, we also share the story of Dr. Elizabeth Akinyemi, DNP, FNP, a Nigerian native who hopes to one day teach at Frontier. We also share the inspiring story of alumnus Russian-born Dr. Viktoryia Kashin, who went on a mission trip to Ukraine to help the victims of the Russian invasion.
The many amazing accomplishments of FNU alumni, faculty, staff, and students are also celebrated, including the naming of Dr. Eileen Thrower, Ph.D., CNM, APRN, CNE, FACNM, as the Department Chair for the Department of Midwifery and Women’s Health. Assistant Professor Dr. Catherine Collins-Fulea, DNP, CNM, FACNM, was also selected by the American Academy of Nursing to be inducted into the 2022 Class of Fellows. Dr. Collins-Fulea is one of 250 distinguished nursing leaders selected by the Academy who will be formally inducted into the 2022 Class of Fellows during the Academy’s annual Health Policy Conference, October 27-29 in Washington, D.C.
All of this and more are included in this issue of the Summer Quarterly Bulletin. Simply click here to view or download the Summer 2022 Quarterly Bulletin today!