Friday, March 19th Pre-Conference

12:00 PM - 12:40 PM

Opening Remarks

Where is Your Educational Institution on Racial Equity?

Kathy Hoffman

Superintendent, Arizona Department of Education

12:40 PM - 12:45 PM


12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

Uncomfortable Bias Curriculum in Education Culture: Conversations from Private to Public

Ms. Gloria McGinty Med. and Marissa Calderon

Join presenters Gloria McGinty and Marissa Calderon as they discuss the uncomfortable topics related to culturally offensive education curriculum. Moving past private “parking lot” conversations to public discussions addressing the uncomfortable when it comes to racists curricula. Shifting dialog for action and change at the practitioner level. Participants will have an opportunity for a lively raw discussion while using a critical lens and reliable resources in a safe and constructive learning space. 

After attending this session, participants will: 

  • Have a deeper understanding of the critical role honest conversations hold in education culture 

  • Reexamine education curricula and advocate for anti-bias teaching 

  • Go beyond culture appropriation to culture appreciation

A Nursing Narrative on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Implementation in the Academic Setting

Raelene Brooks Ph.D. RN

Nursing as a vocation, a discipline, and a practice beautifully weaves a tapestry of threads containing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within our curriculum. Nursing can be a guiding force in reducing health care disparities. The significance of ethnic, racial, cultural, gender, and socioeconomic diversities in nursing remains critical to improving delivery of quality care to all patients. Nurse educators need to incorporate cultural theories and concepts into curricula so that future nurses can feel competent addressing DEI within their practice. Effective use of assessment tools in the provision of care and more research into this area is needed to develop skills in conducting and measuring the impact of interventions. 

In 2008, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing called for educators to begin looking at cultural competence related to patients, families, and communities' underlying social environment. The rationale behind this call to action pointed to the persistent inequities in health, especially racial and ethnic disparities, not to mention the individuals with disabilities who often experience health disparities.  In 2008, The Institute of Medicine determined the need to address the existing disparities in healthcare. Their recommendation included transcultural education that would ensure culturally competent practice, including the concepts of DEI.  

Nurses understand that there is no social justice without fundamentally integrating DEI into every decision made for this country's health outcomes. Nurses recognize that social justice is central to the proper understanding of health.  Nurses acknowledge that inequities are killing people in this nation on a grand unconscionable scale resulting in fear and societal discord. The term 'vulnerable populations' exists due to the disparities of income, education, sex, ethnicity, community, and environment (Thornton & Persaud, 2018). Nurses appreciate that DEI's implementation and practice impact the overall wellness of individuals and communities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify DEI theory that aligns with the parent institution’s values 

  • Identify methods to assess the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of stake holders with regards to DEI in the academic setting

  • Understand barriers to address disparities among students, faculty, and staff with regards to DEI