Carol Libonati, MS, RN, CS-P, an instructor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, is a 2008 recipient of the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Diversity Recognition Award. As the current School of Nursing Cultural Competency Committee chair - and previously as co-chair and member - Libonati has worked to increase cultural awareness through the coordination of culturally enriching events such as the school-wide Diversity Week, which focused on religious, cultural, and gender diversity.
I feel very honored to have received this award, Libonati said. I think [the Diversity] Committee provides the opportunity to create programs and events that explore important social and cultural issues.
Professor Fannie Gaston-Johansson, PhD, RN, FAAN, chair of the Department of Acute and Chronic Care, nominated Libonati for the award, noting:
Her work demonstrates the School of Nursings commitment to one of its [five] stated values: diversity. She added that Libonati's work with the Cultural Competency and Diversity committees has helped enrich the lives of the schools students, staff, and faculty through increased cultural awareness and tolerance.
JHU president William R. Brody presented the award to Libonati in a ceremony May 1 on the University's Homewood Campus.