College of Nursing Diversity Speaker Event: Sheldon D. Fields, PhD

Please save-the-date for November 5, 2021 at 12 pm AZ time to join a special guest presentation by Dr. Sheldon D. Fields, Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion and Research Professor at Penn State. This event is open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members.

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Navigating the Crossroads and Thriving Outside the Margins in Nursing

Dr. Fields will share his personal story of success, resilience, and how he didn’t allow marginalization to define him. Additionally, Dr. Fields will discuss best practices and strategies in allyship in nursing and daily life.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Fields is Research Professor and Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion in the College of Nursing at Penn State University. He is also founder and CEO of “The S.D.F Group, LLC”, which is a health innovation consultant company ( He has 30 years of experience in the health sector as an educator, researcher, clinician, administrator, consultant, health policy specialist, and entrepreneur / business owner. Dr. Fields is a well-known and respected HIV/AIDS prevention research scientist with a significant focus on young men of color. He is an Advanced AIDS Certified Registered Nurse and a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. He is a lifetime member of the National Black Nurses Association, Inc., (NBNA) and currently serves as the organizations national 1st Vice President (2020 – 2022). He was the first ever male Registered Nurse selected for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship Program in which he served as a policy adviser to then Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) on the Senate HELP committee during the historic healthcare reform debates and passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Dr. Fields is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the National Academies of Practice. He has held academic and administrative positions at Binghamton University, University of Rochester, Florida International University, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, New York Institute of Technology, and Long Island University-Brooklyn. Dr. Fields received his Ph.D., in Nursing Science from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.S., in Family Nursing and B.S., in Nursing from Binghamton University. He completed his post-doctoral work in the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California San Francisco.

The event will be hosted online due to COVID-19. If you are wanting to attend please make sure to register using the zoom registration link. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.



Noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 5, 2021