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Rita K. Adeniran DrNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Rita K. Adeniran


Assistant Clinical Professor

Fellow of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Cultural Competence Leadership, Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

Graduate Nursing
Advanced Role MSN Department

267.359.5791 P
1601 Cherry Street, Suite 965

Rita K. Adeniran, DrNP, has a compelling record of leadership and advocacy for diversity, inclusivity, and cultural competency in healthcare. Previously, she served as Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, where she provided strategic leadership and direction for diversity, inclusion, and culturally competent health care. As the Global Nurse Ambassador for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) for over a decade; she led the scalable Global Nurse Program to bring recognition to the HUP as a leader in cultural competence education and inclusive practice environments, as well as becoming a global resource and clinical education center for nurses worldwide.  

She completed a three year prestigious fellowship through the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program in 2015. During the fellowship, she collaborated with six nurse leaders across the nation to design and launch a “Civility-Tool-kit” ( to empower healthcare leaders to identify, intervene, and prevent workplace bullying. She is nationally and globally recognized as a consultant, educator, and author, as well as an engaging and effective speaker.


Rita Adeniran, DrNP, has spoken in more than 18 countries across the globe. She has authored and co-authored several peer reviewed publications and book chapters. A framework that she developed from her research is espoused as the model for nursing leadership development by the University of Applied Science in Dresden, Germany.

Research Interests:

Build and integrate culturally sensitivity knowledge, principles, and solutions to advance equity, eliminate disparities, and develop leaders from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Professional Society:

American Nursing Association,
American Public Health Association,
American Organization of Nurse Executives,
Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery,
Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing.