Rumay Alexander honored with University Diversity Award

On March 23, Dr. Rumay Alexander, clinical professor and director of multicultural affairs in the School of Nursing, received the faculty award at the seventh annual Diversity Awards, sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at UNC Chapel Hill. The Diversity Awards recognize significant contributions to the enhancement, support, and furtherance of diversity on the Carolina campus and in the community.

Dr. Alexander’s nominator said she “treats all with respect and dignity and is often the conscience of the School of Nursing.” Her local and national influence is seen through her service with the American Hospital Association, the National League for Nursing, and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. At Carolina, she initiated the School of Nursing’s “Courageous Dialogues” in which faculty and staff come together to discuss their responses to books, film, and other media. She also serves on the Faculty Governance Committee on Community and Diversity and as a diversity champion for the School of Dentistry and Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Dr. Alexander was one of ten people or groups to receive 2015 University Diversity Awards during a reception at the Pleasants Family Assembly Room in Wilson Library. Brian Hogan, research assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, also received a faculty award.

“These are not the things that people do to gather awards,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “These are the things that people do because it comes up from the heart. Every one of these is a choice, a decision made from the heart in a way to reach out to other people.”

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Dr. Alexander receives the Faculty Diversity Award from Chancellor Folt.

Dr. Alexander receives the Faculty Diversity Award from Chancellor Folt.