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Felesia Bowen

Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity Equity & Inclusion, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Bowen has distinguished herself as a leader and nurse scientist in pediatric asthma and health equity, focusing on the health equity conditions and health disparities of childhood asthma and trauma in urban communities. She also is a nationally certified pediatric nurse practitioner and maintains an active practice. She has led and improved Pediatric Nurse Practitioner graduate and undergraduate nursing programs at academic health centers along the East Coast and maintains an active clinical practice. Dr. Bowen earned her BSN from Tuskegee University, MSN from Rutgers University, PhD from Columbia University and DNP from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Dr. Bowen is the inaugural Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), at the University of Alabama School of Nursing where she serves as a member of the School’s senior leadership team. In this role she leads the UABSON in implementing strategic diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, and advises the School on all matters of diversity, equity and inclusion with the goal of fostering an environment that supports the authenticity of faculty, staff, and students. Dr. Bowen began her nursing career as an Army Nurse where she served on active duty, the army reserves, and New Jersey National Guard for 15 years. She is a veteran of the first Gulf War, Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. During her tenure in the military she held several nurse leadership positions and earned several military honors and awards for her service during peacetime and war. After leaving active duty, Dr. Bowen pursued an advanced degree in nursing. She has practiced in vulnerable communities for the majority of her advanced practice career, including serving as the director of the Center for Urban Youth and Families, an inter-professional research center at Rutgers College of Nursing, an interdisciplinary group of scientists and community members working collaboratively to address pediatric health disparities through interdisciplinary research.