“Othering”: How and Why Faculty Should Always Root for the Underdog

“Othering”: How and Why Faculty Should Always Root for the Underdog

Part informative, part inspirational, this discussion will provide a concrete example of why faculty should always root for the underdog. Dr. Miller, who began her nursing career as a 16-year-old CNA living in foster care in Compton, will highlight her journey through the profession and describe how faculty support gave her the strength to reach higher and achieve her academic goals. This discussion will highlight the importance of understanding the needs of historically excluded student populations and end by exploring best practices and specific strategies that faculty can readily implement to better support the needs of diverse student populations.


Sharrica M Miller, PhD, RN

Sharrica Miller, PhD, RN – Assistant Professor – California State University, Fullerton Sharrica Miller, PhD, RN, is a doctorally prepared, board certified pediatric nurse practitioner with over 16 years of experience in nursing and nursing education. After spending 12 years of her childhood in foster care, Dr. Miller went on to obtain her BSN from Howard University and worked bedside in multiple areas including pediatrics, med-surg, and critical care for five years before going back to school to become a nurse practitioner. She earned her PhD from UCLA in 2017 and was named as one of five Johnson and Johnson’s Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars two years in a row. She has been teaching pre-licensure nursing students and new grads for 10 years and during that time also worked in a variety of settings include home health, hospital-based education, public health, and palliative care. Dr. Miller is a mentor, advocate, and researcher who recently won the 2019 Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity award at California State University, Fullerton for her work as director of the Diversity Support Team. She is also active in the community and her advocacy work earned her the 2021 Casey Family Foundation Alumni award. As a former foster youth and HBCU graduate, she utilizes both a professional and personal lens to guide her as she works with her Diversity Support Team to create and sustain DEI initiatives in the school of nursing. A dynamic presenter who keeps the crowd engaged, Dr. Miller is a nationally invited speaker who has worked with several organizations including USC, Georgetown, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and California Nurses Student Association.