Kenya V. Beard EdD, AGACNP-BC, NP-C, CNE, ANEF, is a 2012 Josiah Macy Faculty Scholar and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at George Washington School of Nursing. She is an Associate Professor at the City University of New York, The School of Professional Studies and a Faculty Scholar for the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in Health Professions. She is the Founding Director of the Center for Multicultural Education and Health Disparities and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.
Dr. Beard, a social justice advocate, recognizes the difficult yet critical dialogues needed to address health inequities. Her Multicultural Education Training (MET) workshops have strengthened the capacity of hundreds of educators to create inclusive learning environments, facilitate race-related dialogues, and graduate providers with the requisite skills to combat health care disparities. She is currently exploring unconscious bias and the extent to which it impacts the ability of health care providers to align discipline-specific values with actions and advance health equity policies.