Sandra Davis, PhD, DPM, ACNP-BC, FAANP, is a leading expert in diversity, equity and inclusion in both academia and public health.
Dr. Davis is an associate professor and assistant dean for diversity, equity and inclusion at the George Washington University School of Nursing. At the beginning of 2017, Dr. Davis co-led an advisory council charged to promote diversity, equity and inclusion at the school before being appointed to a newly created assistant dean role later that year. Previously, she was the director of the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner program before stepping down to focus on diversity initiatives.
Dr. Davis began her career in podiatry, where she spent years in private practice before transitioning to a career in nursing. She has been in academia for over 20 years serving in both faculty and administrative roles. She currently teaches in the MSN program at the George Washington University School of Nursing, and her research focuses on health care disparities, social determinants of health and health equity. In 2016, Dr. Davis was selected as an AACN/Wharton Executive Leadership Fellow.
Through her leadership, Dr. Davis is making an impact in the area of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) on local, national and international levels. Globally, she has held roundtable discussions at Riverside College in Bacolod, Philippines to discuss DEI with faculty and students; a subject identified as a need, however not addressed in their school of nursing. Nationally, she is working with the AACN DEI Group to enhance DEI in academic nursing and the nursing workforce and was a contributor to the NLN Vision Series, “A Vision for Integration of the Social Determinants of Health in to Nursing Education Curricula.” Locally, she was the principal investigator of a Heart Healthy Participatory Action Research Study for middle school students in Wards 7 and 8 in Washington, DC; student voices were heard within their communities through photography, critical analysis and narratives. Dr. Davis was awarded the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation’s Heart Health Across the Lifespan Award, funded by Astellas, to conduct this research project. This project was exhibited at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Children’s National Art Gallery in Washington, DC.
Dr. Davis also serves as part of the Nurse Practitioner Technology Enhanced Community Health (NP-TECH) program, HRSA Grant, and was instrumental in creating two eLearning modules: Reducing Disparities by Integrating Social Determinants of Health into Care for Underserved Populations and Caring for the Urban Underserved: Challenges & Solutions.
In 2018, under the leadership of Dr. Davis, the George Washington University was awarded the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award. The HEED award recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. It is the only national award that honors institutions for their commitment to making diversity and inclusion a top priority. The school was also presented with a commending resolution by Virginia Delegate David Reid for advancing diversity and inclusion in the School of Nursing. Committed to Inclusive Excellence, Dr. Davis chairs the Diversity Council and co-chairs the Council for a Healthy Work and Learning Environment within the School of Nursing and serves as a member of the university’s Orientation and Global Onboarding Culture Initiative.
Dr. Davis has created a broad range of important diversity lectures on bullying and implicit bias which she presents nationally. In 2019, she was inducted as a fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is currently a mentor in the Sigma Experienced Academic Faculty Leadership Academy.
Dr. Davis is a proud alumna of Temple University, where she earned a bachelor of science in nursing and doctor of podiatric medicine. She also earned a PhD from Drexel University, a master of science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of arts from Wellesley College.
Since 2019, Dr. Davis has served as a director-at-large for the Temple College of Public Health Alumni Association and chair of the inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, which provides strategic counsel and service in the development, advancement, and promotion of alumni-centric Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programming and initiatives.