Frontier Nursing University (FNU) recently introduced its Antiracism and Bias Advisory Council (ABAC). The ABAC’s purpose is to review and make recommendations for alleged bias incidents to mitigate bias at FNU.
This committee, made up of a diverse group of Frontier employees, is needed to support diversity, equity and inclusion efforts as the university shifts to an antiracist culture. The council reports to FNU’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Geraldine Young, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CDCES, FAANP.
The goals of the ABAC include:
- Align their actions with the University and the Office of DEI goals.
- Upon submission of a bias reporting form, determine if acts of racism and/or bias have been committed.
- Recommend a potential plan of action to the human resources director and the appropriate supervisor (department chair, program director, chief operating officer, dean, and/or president).
One or more of the following actions may be recommended by the ABAC:
Conversation: The CDIO, Human Resources Director, Dean, Chief Operations Officer, and/or President may have a conversation regarding the incident with the person(s) perceived as responsible for a bias related-incident, respecting wishes for anonymity or otherwise.
Mediation: The CDIO, Human Resources Director, Dean, Chief Operations Officer, and/or President could arrange mediation between the individual reporting the incident and the person(s) involved in the incident.
Referral: Support and counseling for the affected individual and/or accused individual could be arranged.
Education: on bias.
Disciplinary Action: Under certain circumstances and when institutional policy is violated, disciplinary action may be taken toward the person(s) who precipitated the incident. This could include a bias improvement plan suspension with or without pay or dismissal from the university.
No Further Action: This could be an outcome, for example, if the individual reporting the incident chooses not to further pursue it or if it cannot be determined that laws or institutional policies were violated.
Meet the Council Members:
APRIL DOBROTH, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC
Clinical Director, PMHNP Program
For over a decade, Dr. Dobroth has served in rural and underserved communities as a National Health Service Corp member and ambassador. She served as a representative for primary care providers on the New Mexico Behavioral Health Coalition (NMBHC). As a representative of the NMBHC, she worked closely with the NM Governor’s office and the director of Health and Human Services in New Mexico to address the dire need for increased access to behavioral health services in the state. She has also served as an expert speaker before the Colorado and New Mexico state legislature on mental health issues.
“Much like the pieces of fabric that come together to form a beautiful quilt, I truly believe that there is strength and beauty in diversity and inclusion. While I have witnessed the ugliness of racism on the personal and community level, I have also seen the beauty that inclusion brings to a society. I am truly a richer person having learned of the diverse life experiences of others. Simply put, I want to be a quilter that contributes to the creation of a more inclusive educational experience at FNU.”
JOSHUA FAUCETT, DNP, MBA, FNP-BC, CNE
Assistant Professor, Course Coordinator PC705 Advanced Pathophysiology
Dr. Faucett is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a decade of experience in oncology. He also completed two tours of duty during the Iraq War in the U.S. Army as an Infantry Squad Leader. His research focus is Veteran mental health and suicide prevention.
“An institution that is equitable for students, faculty, and staff is an attainable goal, but it will take work for us to get there. I am here to contribute to this shared goal.”
MICKEY GILLMOR, MN, CNM
Course Faculty and Co-Chair of Admissions
Mickey Gillmor has taught at Frontier since 1995 when she answered the call to become a Regional Clinical Coordinator for what was then the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing. Her 26 years of clinical practice as a midwife have taken place within the Grady Health System, a two-county public hospital in inner-city Atlanta. She credits the Grady patients with teaching her a lot about life for Black and Latinx people in Atlanta without commercial health insurance. The challenges are real. Prior to becoming a nurse, I worked in the New York City Public Schools supporting teachers in innovative classroom and science curriculum projects.
“White people have a lot to learn about racism in America. Straight people have a lot to learn about the challenges faced by LGBTQ people. Believers have a lot to learn about those of other faiths — and about agnostics and atheists. Young people have a lot to learn about aging! We are never done. For Frontier, diversity is essential and true diversity is not possible without equity and inclusion. We all have a lot to learn and it will not be easy, but it is critical for the University and for our civilization. As part of this Council, I hope to support this growth and learning.”
CHARLOTTE MORRIS, DNM, CNM, FACNM
Assistant Professor Frontier Nursing University
Course Faculty PC 713, and NP 703
Charlotte Morris is a Certified Nurse-Midwife with over 30 years of clinical practice caring for women and working with families fighting systems injustices. Since coming to Frontier four years ago, she has had the opportunity to serve as Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Her interest in anti-racism and bias reporting at Frontier is to help promote an atmosphere of caring and support.
“Antiracists acknowledge that there are differences between races, but these differences aren’t responsible for inequities—policies are.” — Ibram Kendi
APRIL TABOR, BBA, MS
ETM Senior Grants Management Officer
In addition to her role as FNU’s Grants Management Officer, April Tabor is the co-chair of the Mission and Philosophy Committee and a member of the DEI Infrastructure subcommittee. She was also a staff member of the Mary Breckinridge Task Force.
“As an Equal Employment Opportunity Counselor for three years in my previous employment with the state government, I participated in yearly DEI training, recorded statements, conducted investigations, and helped resolve conflicts.”
TAWNY TSENG, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC
Assistant Professor, Course Coordinator MH707, MH717 PMHNP program
Dr. Tseng has been a psychiatric and family nurse practitioner since 2012. The majority of her career has been spent in the care of the psychiatric population. The focus of her scholarly endeavors has been medical history with an emphasis on psychiatric history and the effects of limited or biased care.
“We all deserve the space we stand in and we deserve the chance to celebrate what makes us who we are while also celebrating the beauty and brilliance in others. To that end, I will quote the great Ruth Bader Ginsburg: ‘We will all profit from a more diverse, inclusive society, understanding, accommodating, even celebrating our differences, while pulling together for the common good.’”
CHRIS TURLEY, MS, BS
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Coordinator
While at Frontier, Turley has been instrumental in the execution of the Diversity Impact Conference, quarterly speaker series, FNU Diversity Impact Facebook Page, and conference marketing (Diverse conferences), as well as assisting with the FNU Comprehensive Mentoring and Professional Organizational Mentoring (POMP) programs. He serves as a staff member on the Admissions, D&I, Marketing, and Mission and Philosophy Committees. He also serves as the chair of the Diversity Impact Planning Ad-hoc (DIPA) Committee and co-chair on the Culture and Belonging Sub-Committee of the President’s DEI Task Force. He served as a staff member on the Mary Breckinridge Task Force.
“I have a strong base dealing with issues concerning race relations as I had to deal with similar issues growing up in a marginalized community in Kentucky.”
To learn more about our recent Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts, read our Summer 2021 Quarterly Bulletin.