school of nursingProfessor Phyllis Sharps, associate dean for Community and Global Programs, and director for the Center for Global Health, is a recipient of the 2012 Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council Diversity Recognition Award.

“It’s truly an honor to be publicly recognized by my peers, and to be named among so many at Hopkins that strive to promote and raise awareness of diversity every day,” Sharps said.

Sharps was nominated by fellow Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing professor Fannie Gaston-Johansson, PhD, RN, FAAN, who noted, “Dr. Sharps has dedicated time and made a commitment to the advancement of diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism. She has been exceptional and unrelenting in her efforts to recruit, retain and promote underrepresented faculty, students, staff, and international scholars at JHU.”

Sharps, who recently served as chairperson for the Department of Community Public Health, works at the forefront of community and public health nursing and at the interface of mental and physical health. She is the director of three health and wellness centers operated by the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, provides care in a Baltimore shelter for homeless battered women and their children, and conducts ongoing community-based, participatory research. She shares the new clinical knowledge gained through her research in numerous nursing and public health scholarly publications and as a consultant and speaker for numerous organizations, including the Family Violence Prevention Fund and the National Institute of Justice. Sharps also consults on cultural competency in research conducted among African-American women and in African-American communities.

The Diversity Recognition Award was implemented in 2003 by the DLC through the vision of Audrey Smith, former Vice President for Human Resources and ex-officio member, who retired from the University in September 2003.

The purpose of the Award is to acknowledge outstanding accomplishments of faculty, staff and students whose demonstrable efforts foster greater appreciation, advancement and celebration of diversity and inclusiveness in the Johns Hopkins culture and environment.