Our special guest for our January 25th lecture is Dr. Roberta Waite, who will present her topic called, "Achieving Health Equity Through Eradicating Structural Racism in the U.S.: A Call to Action for Nursing Leadership".
This lecture is part of a new speaker series hosting by UNLV Nursing called, "Conversations for Leaders on Dismantling Systems of Oppression." Each lecture will have a different guest speaker (including experts from UNLV and across the country) to provide engaging discussions on identifying systemic racism and how to neutralize it.
About Roberta Waite, EdD, PMHCNS, ANEF, FAAN
Dr. Roberta Waite, a professor in doctoral nursing and Associate Dean of Community-Centered Health & Wellness and Academic Integration. Waite also serves as the executive director of the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University, operated in partnership with Family Practice and Counseling Network. Waite created the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program, an interdisciplinary program for students in the College of Nursing and Health Professions and the School of Public Health, focusing on leadership development while concurrently fostering critical consciousness using a social justice lens. Her scholarship and research centers on behavioral health, structural determinants of health and racial justice.
Waite serves as a board director for both corporate Trinity Health (a leading, national, multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery system in 22 states with 93 hospitals and 120 continuing care locations including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities) and the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders. She also contributed to Governor Wolfe’s Think Tank to develop guidelines and benchmarks for a Trauma Informed Commonwealth of PA and she is currently on the leadership team for Governor Wolfe’s HEAL-PA (Healing-Empowerment-Advocacy-Learning-Prevention-Action) Trauma-Informed Pennsylvania, co-chairing the Racial and Communal Trauma Prevention Action Team.