Diversity Initiatives

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The FL-AC emphasizes the importance of diversity in the nursing workforce and nurse leadership, reflective of the diversity of the population of the state of Florida. Diversity is embedded into the goals of each action coalition, and is a main component of the Statewide Implementation Grant.

The FL-AC also maintains a Diversity Council, which serves in an advisory capacity to the coalition.

In 2014, in an effort to solidify diversity efforts in the state, the FL-AC convened its first "Diversity Think Tank", including members from various diverse nurse groups throughout the state. As a result of this think tank, the FL-AC is currently working on developing and adopting action steps to address a lack of diversity in nurse leadership.

Diversity Council

The Diversity Council serves as an advisory committee, representing diverse nursing organizations and groups throughout Florida. The Diversity Committee was formed as part of the SIP Grant, and initially served as advisory to the SIP team in development and testing of the SIP survey. Since then, membership and responsibility of the Council has expanded to advise the various action teams of the FL-AC.

Marie Etienne, DNP, ARNP, PLNC Lead
Miami Dade College Medical Campus
Benjamin Leon School of Nursing
Miami, Florida
John Lowe, RN, PhD, FAAN 
Wymer Distinguished Professor
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
Florida Atlantic University, LA 226-F
Davie, Florida
Carol Neil, PhD, RN Lead
Professor of Nursing
Florida State College
Jacksonville, Florida
Lenora Yates, Ed.D, ARNP, MSN, MBA
Miami Dade College
President for the Miami Chapter-Black Nurses Association
Versie Johnson Mallard, PhD, ARNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
Associate Professor and Chair of Family, Community and Health Systems
University of Florida College of Nursing
Gainesville, Florida
Marlene Brennen, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, ARNP
Visiting Assistant Professor of Nursing
Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, Florida
Romeo DeVera
Perianesthesia Clinical Educator
Mayo Clinic Florida
Elizabeth LeFave, DNP, ARNP, PNP-BC,
Pediatric Pulmonary Center Nurse Faculty
Co-Director, Pediatric Asthma Center of Excellence
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Debbie Anglade, PhD, RN, MSN, LHRM, CPHQ, CCM
Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Alumnus
Assistant Professor of Clinical
University of Miami
Gladys Almestica Rosa Maria Gonzalez-Guarda, RN
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing & Health Studies
University of Miami
Miami, Florida
Jose Castillo, CRNA
Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists
FANA Liaison
Phillipa Jones, MBA, MSN, RN, CPN
Nurse Manager
Wolfson Children's Hospital
Jacksonville, Florida
Germina Rio, DNSc, CPH, ARNP, GNP, BC, FCN
Philippine Nurses Association of America Representative
South Central Regional Education Chair
St. Catherine Laboure Manor
Jacksonville, Florida
Constance Brown
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