Francis Marion University Assistant Professor of Nursing Rhonda M. Brogdon of Olanta is the fourth recipient of the FMU African-American Faculty and Staff Coalition (AAFSC) Diversity Award. The award seeks to recognize a faculty or staff member for their significant contributions to enhance the university’s diversity and inclusiveness.
“Rhonda is most deserving of this award. She was chosen because of her work across campus, her work with professional organizations and in the community,” said Teresa McDuffie, chairman of the selection committee. “Her interaction with faculty, staff and students exemplifies the values of diversity.”
The award was presented to Brogdon at the 12th Annual Banquet of the AAFSC on Thursday, Feb. 21. The proceeds from the banquet go toward the group’s scholarship funds and functions. The keynote speaker for the gala was Dr. John Keith III. He is a pediatrician at Eastern Carolina Pediatrics and a former chief of pediatrics at Carolinas Hospital Systems. Keith is a native of Florence County and a graduate of Hannah-Pamplico High School. He is also a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. and Duke University in Durham, N.C.
Brogdon has been a medical-surgical nurse for 16 years. She received the Bachelor of Science in nursing from Clemson University in 1994, the Master of Science in nursing in 2004, the Master of Business Administration in 2001, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice from Duquesne University in 2010. Rhonda has served as mentor and preceptor for 12 years in bedside nursing and was consistently evaluated as a “role model” nurse for 10 years while working in acute care by her nurse manager.
Recipients of the FMU African-American Faculty and Staff Coalition Diversity Award are people who routinely and voluntarily make diversity and inclusion a priority in much of what they do or people whose major responsibilities are implementing gender diversity and inclusion initiatives, but consistently explore ways to go above and beyond expectations.