The WSU College of Nursing is proud to announce the appointment of two new student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Advocates: Jenifer Brewer and Charles “Dan” Edwards.
Jenifer Brewer, a graduate student at the WSU College of Nursing, brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge from her work with Veterans. She has completed several continuing education credits (CE), including: Inclusive Leadership: The Power of Workplace Diversity and Achieving Racial and Ethnic Health Equity for Women Veterans. She joined the WSU College of Nursing DEI Advisory Council as a student representative and serves on the Environment sub-group where she will assist in reviewing student applications for the DEI Recognition Program. She has attended various DEI-related events, including the recent Health Equity Panel put on by Crimson Scrubs and the WSU Spring 2023 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Summit.
Charles “Dan” Edwards, a doctoral student, has spent the past 3.5 years researching and developing his work on the health impacts of negative implicit bias against Black Americans. He successfully defended his dissertation on this topic in April 2023. Congratulations Dr. Edwards! He has worked with Drs. Lois James and Steve James on Counter Bias Training Sim, using this resource to train law enforcement officers about bias. Dan has also worked with Dr. Okera Nsombi from Eastern Washington University’s Africana Studies department to advance understanding and awareness of negative implicit biases. He has frequently attended WSU “pride” events, Black History celebrations, and BLM events.
The WSU College of Nursing is excited to have Jenifer and Dan as part of the DEI Advocate team. Their experiences and knowledge will be invaluable in addressing health disparities within nursing and increasing DEI awareness and education among the WSU nursing community. We look forward to seeing the impact they will have in promoting a more inclusive and equitable environment within the College of Nursing.