VCU School of Nursing announced that Angela Duncan, Ph.D., M.S., M.Div., has been named associate dean of diversity, equity and inclusion in a shared position with the VCU College of Health Professions, effective immediately.

A champion for reducing health disparities in marginalized and underserved communities, Duncan has led the College of Health Profession’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts as associate dean since January 2020. Her exceptional work led to her being engaged to assess and guide the School of Nursing’s DEI efforts, said Jean Giddens, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean and professor of the VCU School of Nursing.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with the College of Health Professions to leverage Dr. Duncan’s exceptional skill in building an inclusive organization,” Giddens said. “Her experience and perspective will help advance our work to provide a diverse and inclusive environment as well as equity in the education we offer to our students.”

“Each of us has the opportunity to incite meaningful change that challenges systemic barriers, so the responsibility to foster a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion lies within every member of an organization,” said Duncan, who is also an assistant professor in the Department of Patient Counseling at the College of Health Professions. “I am truly honored to partner with the School of Nursing, and will strive to strengthen a foundation built upon VCU’s core values.”

Duncan has served in various roles at VCU and VCU Health. She served as assistant dean for student affairs and community engagement for more than five years and as interim chair of the Department of Patient Counseling at the College of Health Professions. She also served as manager of bereavement services at VCU Health and as faculty chaplain for the Pauley Heart Center. 

Prior to VCU and VCU Health, Duncan served in management consulting in health care information technology, medical and hospital practice management technology, and product assurance and quality engineering in both the automobile and aerospace industries. She has also been a member of various for-profit and nonprofit boards in the areas of health and human service, finance, education, television, and religion.

Duncan earned her B.S. in zoology/chemistry from Howard University, her M.Div. from Union Presbyterian Seminary, and both her M.S. in patient counseling and Ph.D. in health related sciences from VCU. 

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