An Alcorn State University alumna was recently celebrated by a publication that honors professionals across the country.
Dr. Geraldine Young, who earned a master’s degree in nursing/family nurse practitioner track in 2005, was featured in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s 10th annual installment of its Women’s History Month that recognizes leading women in higher education.
Young is the chief diversity and inclusion officer at Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky. The school, also known as FNU, is one of the largest not-for-profit universities in the United States for advanced nursing and midwifery education.
Although surprised about the feature, Young expressed excitement about her work being highlighted on a national platform.
“I was surprised, yet honored to receive recognition,” said Young. “As a healthcare professional, I feel a sense of appreciation for my contributions to improving health outcomes of diverse, rural, and underserved populations, essentially advancing health equity.”
Being recognized means a lot to Young because caring for others is her passion.
“I am excited to be recognized for hard work that’s done from the heart. I have given my last to help others. Serving others provides purpose in my life. Being appreciated for the sacrifices is fulfilling.”
Young is grateful to be celebrated among other talented women who are leaving their imprint on society. She appreciates the praise and believes that women’s accomplishments should be celebrated often.
“It is essential to celebrate hard-working and successful women for their contributions to the paradigm shifts in society’s growth, progression, and stability. Women’s History Month provides us with a platform to be empowered to make a difference and to empower other women.”
The experience that Young had as a graduate student at Alcorn set the stage for a career filled with success. She thanks the University for all it did to prepare her for excellence.
“Social, educational, and professional experiences at Alcorn State University set the tone for the foundation of my successful career as a nursing leader and servant of the people. I bleed purple and gold.”