Commencement Address Speaker

Dr. Jennifer Hatcher, PhD, RN

Director of Diversity and Inclusivity

University of KY College of Nursing


Dr. Jenna Hatcher is an Associate Professor and the Director of Diversity and Inclusivity for the College of Nursing at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Hatcher received both her BSN and her MSN, as a family nurse practitioner, from West Virginia University. She also received her Master’s in Public Health and a PhD in Nursing from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Hatcher is the founder and Director of the DREAM Center, a multidisciplinary research center focused on promoting positive health outcomes for underrepresented minorities by promoting workforce diversity, health equities research and training the next generation of health equities scholars. Dr. Hatcher has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than a decade to conduct health disparities research focused on improving health outcomes for underrepresented minorities. This research is published in peer reviewed journals and has been presented nationally and internationally. Dr. Hatcher serves as a founding member and the current president of the Lexington Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association, an executive board member of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, and a member of the international nominating committee for Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.