DEI Committee

Address cultural and ethnic diversity in HIV/AIDS disease, treatment and care; assist the organization to effectively meet the goals and address the needs of its racial/ethnic minority membership; and implement ANAC's core values of advocacy, collaboration, diversity, knowledge and support while embracing cultural diversity and cultural competency. If you are interested in joining this committee, please complete the Committee application.


  • Ensure diversity and inclusion throughout ANAC in the areas of research, education and clinical practice
  • Assist the board of directors in identifying concerns and issues of ANAC’s racial/ethnic minority membership
  • Recruit more racial/ethnic minority nurses into the association 
  • Solicit nominations for the DEI Student Fellowship of racial/ethnic minority nursing students who desire to work in this area after graduation
  • Serve as consultants on the development and implementation of a minority mentoring initiative 

Time commitment

There is a monthly time commitment of at least 1-2 hours. The committee meets by conference call quarterly and gathers in committee at the annual conference.

Co-chairs: Michele Crespo-Fierro PhD, MPH, RN, AACRN and Martez D. Smith, PhD, LMSW 

Members: Veronica Brady, Kendrick Clack, Diane Clements-Walton, Amit Dhir, Angelo James Esperanzate, Sheldon Fields, Theodore Fletcher, Maurice Graham, Evelyn Iriarte, Arianne Jamison, Sheryl Malone-Thomas, Gloria Mpundu, Kim Skeete, Mitchell Wharton, Chen Zhang

Board liaison: Bridgette Picou

ANAC Staff Member: Nakera Dumas

View the DEI Committees latest webinars! 

ANAC DEI Committee’s Sex Positivity, Episode 2: Language, featuring Angelo James F. Esperanzate, RN, Bridgette Picou, LVN, ACLPN, Melanie Steilen, RN, BSN, ACRN, and Sarah Williams, NP, APN
Passcode: c7$Prl.2

ANAC DEI Committee’s Sex Positivity: Episode 1, featuring, Sheryl Malone-Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, Bridgette Picou, LVN, ACLPN, and Chen Zhang, PhD, MPH
Passcode: NPr2zC7+

Administrative forms

Quarterly Report
Committee Report

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