Diversity Impact 2021:
June 24-26

Diversity Impact 2021 will be held as a virtual event, June 24-26. The deadline to register is Friday, June 18. Please click here to register today!

The theme of this year’s event is “Dismantling Systemic Racism and Discrimination in Healthcare: Our Roles and Responsibilities”. The overarching goal of the three-day conference is to explore the history of healthcare systems as a vehicle for promoting racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression. The objectives of the conference are to:

*Identify ways to show compassion using diversity, equity, and inclusion.

*Describe behavior changes essential to encouraging unity and improving the health outcomes of underserved and rural communities.

*Identify strategies to dismantle racism, sexism, heteronormativity, and classism in health care.

*Facilitate student confidence in their ability to find their place in the changing world.

Chris Turley, MS, BS

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator
Diversity Impact Program Ad hoc Committee Chair

Diversity Impact Conference Agenda and Speakers

The 2021 Diversity Impact features several outstanding speakers who are leaders in their field. The conference will open with a presentation by FNU President Dr. Susan Stone on Thursday, June 24. Friday and Saturday will include two featured presentations each day. These presentations all promise to be insightful, informative, and thought-provoking. 

Thursday, June 24, 2021
2:00 PM-2:50 PM

Welcome Address by FNU President Dr. Susan Stone: “Dismantling Systemic Racism and Discrimination in Healthcare - Our Roles and Responsibilities”

Friday, June 26, 2021
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
Keynote Address By Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke, JD., Phd: “Social Justice through Extraordinary Compassion”

1:45 PM-2:45 PM
Plenary Speaker Sarika Bhakta, CDE:
“Effective Cultural Communications – Beyond Words”

Saturday, June 26, 2021 
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
Premier Speaker Dr. Judy Myers: “The History of Eugenics” 

1:15 PM-2:15 PM
Plenary Speakers Kirsten Ivey-Colson and Lynn Turner: “A Path to Healing: Cultivating AntiRacism as a Daily Practice”

For more information about the 2021 Diversity Impact Conference, please click here.

"To indeed reduce health disparities and inequities and improve health outcomes for people of color, systemic and structural racism must be dismantled. The Diversity Impact Conference will be a guiding force in the process. We all must play our role to succeed in meeting this goal.”

- Geraldine Q. Young, DNP, APRN,
Chief Diversity and
Inclusion Officer


Ruth Elsasser (left) and Jan Weingard Smith

FNU Mourns the Passing of Two Faculty Members

We are saddened to share the recent passing of two FNU faculty members. Jan Weingrad Smith, CNM, PhD, MPH, was an RCF, Professional Organization Mentoring Program faculty mentor, and a Comprehensive Mentoring Program faculty mentor. Ruth Elsasser, DNP, FNP-BC, CNE, was course faculty. Both were incredibly dedicated to their work and great teachers, leaders, and mentors at FNU. We will miss them dearly.

The NEW DEI Suggestion Box on the FNU Portal

We are proud to introduce the launch of the DEI Suggestion Box on the DEI portal page. Click here to send your confidential suggestions for diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism changes at FNU!

DEI Office Portal Page

For additional information about diversity, equity, and inclusion, please visit the DEI Office portal page

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