Alexander Assumes Presidency of National League for Nursing

The School of Nursing proudly congratulates Dr. Rumay Alexander as she takes over the role of president of the National League for Nursing (NLN) through 2019. She has been serving as the organization’s president-elect since 2015.

The following is an excerpt from the news release put out by the NLN.

G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN, the NLN’s president-elect since 2015, stepped into the president’s seat, beginning her two-year term of office, through 2019. Dr. Alexander is associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion/chief diversity officer and professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“As a leading voice for raising awareness of diversity and a bold advocate for improved cultural sensitivity on campus and throughout higher education and health care, Rumay embodies the NLN’s core values—caring, integrity, diversity, and excellence. I congratulate her on her election to the NLN presidency and look forward to the continued benefit of her experience and wisdom.” said NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN.

Dr. Alexander has a compelling record of leadership and advocacy for equity of opportunity, diversity, and inclusive excellence in academia, the workplace, professional organizations, and in her consultant activities. The first full professor of color in the School of Nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill, she has spearheaded high-impact initiatives, devoted to exploring processes of marginalization and achieving generational equity, as well as to implementing transformative inclusion practices.

In 2015, in an interview for an NLN Report feature story on diversity and inclusion in nursing education, Dr. Alexander illuminated her perspective:

A tapestry is a good image of what contributes to inclusive excellence, which requires paying attention to everything we do and are about…Textbook selection; reading assignments from scholars who represent different cultural points of view; pictures on walls; efforts to recruit a mix of students and faculty that reflects the community our school is a part of; putting in place policies to celebrate and accommodate religious difference; awards given; group projects that facilitate cross-cultural understanding. Every encounter is an opportunity…My work is expanding the definition of diversity in a way that nurtures human flourishing, because there are multiple ways in which people are different.

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Dr. Alexander now serves the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion. She remains a faculty member within the School of Nursing.