UF President’s Council on Diversity to host UNC chief diversity officer in February

On Friday, Feb. 3, Rumay Alexander, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s interim chief diversity officer, will share her insights on leadership and advocacy for diversity and inclusive excellence in academia in a talk entitled “Inclusion, Legitimacy, Equity…They All Matter!” Alexander’s visit, sponsored by the UF President’s Council on Diversity, represents an opportunity for the university community to come together to continue its conversations about how to create a more inclusive climate and together shape a better UF. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the talk, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the J. Wayne Reitz Union’s Grand Ballroom.

In addition to serving as the University of North Carolina’s interim chief diversity officer, Alexander, Ed.D., MSN, BSN, FAAN, serves as special assistant to the chancellor and is a professor and director of the Office of Inclusive Excellence at the UNC School of Nursing. She provides leadership for the School of Nursing, the Gilling’s School of Public Health, the UNC School of Dentistry and UNC’s Faculty Governance’s Community and Diversity Committee.

Alexander’s passion centers on intentional efforts to resource the proper understanding and judicious application of equity and multicultural concepts for UNC students, faculty, personnel and the patients served by their 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.

Through her national and international consultation and work with professional organizations, Alexander has guided individuals in academic, corporate, healthcare and religious organizations to explore marginalizing processes, multiple perspectives and the vicissitudes of lived experiences of difference.

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.