Kenya V. Beard, EdD, AGACNP, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, is the associate provost for social mission and academic excellence at Chamberlain University. As a 2012 Macy faculty scholar, she propagated research and best practices to advance the needle on diversity, inclusion, and health equity. In her former role as senior fellow at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at The George Washington University School of Nursing, she wrote blogs and co-produced health care disparity segments for the Center’s radio program, HealthCetera, on WBAI-FM for an audience of over 400,000 listeners. Her publications, like the recently co-authored paper Looking Backwards to Move Forward: Using a Social Mission Lens in Nursing Education, amplify the importance of graduating a diverse, well-prepared workforce that can eliminate health care disparities.
Dr. Beard currently serves as an advisor to the New York Academy of Medicine’s Health Equity Scholars Network and represents the National League for Nursing as a Commissioner for the American Nurses Association’s National Commission to Address Racism. She is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Nursing, and the Academy of Nursing Education. She is chair of the American Academy of Nursing’s Diversity and Inclusivity Committee and serves on the New York State Board for Nursing and the editorial board for the American Journal of Nursing.