Felesia Bowen

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
University of Alabama School of Nursing

Felesia Bowen is a Professor and Inaugural Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing.  Dr. Bowen is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar Program. It was during this period that she founded the Center for Urban Youth and Families, an interprofessional research center and distinguished herself as a nurse scientist. She is an expert in community based participatory research methods and her translational research focuses on major health equity conditions of childhood asthma and trauma in urban communities.

Dr. Bowen is known and respected for her work regarding the intersectionality of structural racism, health equity and disparity and the need for diversity in the nursing workforce. She serves in advisory capacity on several national boards and is featured in several episodes of the

National Academy of Medicine Future of Nursing Podcast. Dr. Bowen is a firm believer that student nurse diversity is necessary to decrease health disparities in minority and marginalized individuals.

Dr. Bowen is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She is recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of Rutgers University School of Nursing and disguised Alumni of Columbia University School of Nursing for a distinguished career in nursing. She earned her BSN at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL, master’s degree from Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, PhD from Columbia University, New York, NY, and DNP from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ. Dr. Bowen is a U.S. Army Nurse Corps veteran who served in the first Persian Gulf War, Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and is the recipient of several military awards and honors including medals for Meritorious Service, Army Commendation with two oakleaf clusters, the Liberation of Kuwait, and the Southwest Asia Ribbon with three oakleaf clusters.