Kupiri Ackerman-Barger is associate dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and an associate clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. She is also the director of Faculty Development for Education and Teaching, co-director for the Interprofessional Teaching Scholars Program and serves as a researcher for the Center for a Diverse Healthcare Workforce at UC Davis Health.
As associate dean for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Ackerman-Barger leads the school’s efforts to create a diverse and welcoming setting in which to learn, work and collaborate. She also designs initiatives so the school’s learning environments, workforce, programs, services and partnerships are more diverse and inclusive.
Ackerman-Barger’s academic interests relate to health equity and social justice. Over her career Ackerman-Barger has combined her expertise in nursing and education to advance inclusive learning environments, education equity and workforce diversity.
As one of four national diversity consultants for the Campaign for Action, a partnership of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Ackerman-Barger serves state action coalitions across the country establishing programs, creating policies and structures to advance heath equity and build bridges that drive and sustain a culture of health. She also serves as a national consultant and speaker on strategies to help underserved and under-represented groups in health professions thrive academically.
Ackerman-Barger earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Humboldt State University. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing Education from California State University, Sacramento, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Education from the University of Northern Colorado.
Her ongoing interdisciplinary work has been recognized through fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing, the 2019 UC Davis Charles P. Nash Award, the 2016 UC Davis Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity and Community, the 2019 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; four Deans’ Team Awards for Inclusion Excellence; the 2017 Deans’ Award for Excellence in Mentoring at Early- to Mid-Career Level, the 2020 Dignity Health Dean’s Leadership Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion, and an Award for Teaching Excellence. She has disseminated her scholarship in publications including, Journal of Nursing Education, Nursing Education Perspectives, Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity, Academic Medicine, and Journal of the National Black Nurses Association.