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INA Town Hall: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • 9 Nov 2023
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Zoom


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INA Town Hall: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Thursday, November 9, 2023

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm CST

We want to hear from YOU! Iowa Nurses Association (INA) would like to engage with you to share information and learn from Iowa nurses about the very important topic of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and how it is impacting nursing professionals. The virtual town hall is complimentary to all nurses in Iowa. It is designed as an informal event where we will share information about how INA is supporting 2023 efforts and invite you to join the conversation and share your expertise, experiences, and stories for ways to improve nursing in Iowa. Our objective is to provide support to Iowa's nurses as well as develop goals and initiatives that support the needs of nurses that align with INA's mission and vision.

Our Mission is to connect, support, and advocate for nurses and healthcare in Iowa.

Our Vision is for INA to advocate for Iowa Nurses. Together, we promote the growth of the profession, guide nursing practice, and monitor current issues in nursing. Our strength is to stay engaged, by advocating for and connecting with Iowa nurses in the diverse, dynamic health care healthcare.


Ellen Dejong, BSN, RN

INA Director - Staff Nurse & INF Chair

Subject Matter Experts

Dr. Earnest Grant 

Past President, American Nurses Association

Adjunct Associate Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing

Rumay Alexander, EDD, RN, FAAN 

Clinical Professor |  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing

Blake K. Smith MSN, RN

Commissioner | Commission to Address Racism in Nursing 

American Nurses Association Member

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion National Steering Committee (EDISC) 

AARP/RWJF/Center for Champion Nursing

Valerie Garr, M.A. CDE®, (she/her/hers)

Certified Diversity Executive

Director-Diversity Equity and Inclusion; Coordinator of Supplemental Instruction/Tutoring  | University of Iowa College of Nursing

Anesa Buchanan

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant

Sam Wu, RN

INA Director - New Nurse

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