Congratulations to Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN, who recently received the SON Alumni Association’s 2018 Carrington Award for Community Service. The award recognizes individuals who have given remarkable service to the community, state or other beneficiary organization, and who have reflected favorably on the School of Nursing as a result of their remarkable service. Dr. Alexander perfectly embodies the spirit of the Carrington Award.
Dr. Alexander is President of the National League for Nursing and the Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a professor at the university’s School of Nursing. She has a compelling record of leadership and advocacy for diversity and inclusive excellence in academia, the workplace, in national nursing professional organizations and in her consultant activities. Her passion centers on intentional efforts to resource the proper understanding and judicious application of equity and multicultural concepts for students, faculty, personnel and the patients served by UNC graduates. This includes the facilitation of system-wide efforts for giving respect to the many dimensions of human difference as well as the lived experience of difference.
Dr. Alexander is known for helping organizations succeed in their missions. High impact initiatives, numerous consultations and presentations nationally and internationally, and her professional organization work devoted to generational equity bear witness to her game changing works. She has guided individuals in academic, corporate, healthcare and religious organizations to explore marginalizing processes, multiple perspectives and the vicissitudes of lived experiences of difference and authored numerous articles, books and book chapters. Her passion for equity of opportunity and penchant for holding courageous dialogues to steward and promote human flourishing has led to appointments on landmark healthcare initiatives including the Commission of Workforce for Hospitals and Health Systems of the American Hospital Association and the National Quality Forum’s steering committee for the first national voluntary consensus standards for nursing-sensitive care. She is a two-term member on the Board of Governors of the National League for Nursing and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. In 2010 she was the American Organization of Nurse Executive’s Prism Award recipient for workforce diversity leadership and in 2013 the National Student Nurses’ Association bestowed her with their most prestigious award of Honorary Membership. In addition, she received the Southern Regional Education Board’s M. Elizabeth Carnegie Award in 2013.
Dr. Alexander holds a baccalaureate degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, a master’s degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University, and a doctor of education degree from Tennessee State University.