Killian Dreisbach

As a student in FSCs BSN program at FSC, Killian has immersed herself in reimaging what is possible particularly when the issues of equity and inclusion are firmly in the hearts, hands, and heads of people. The empathy that is ingrained in her character is essential to address many disparities within the health care system  With 40% of the US population identified as people of color, 19% of registered nurses identified as color, 19% of full-time nursing school faculty identified as people of color, 3 out of 4 nurses witnessed racism in the workplace, and 64% of nurses who challenged workplace racism said their efforts resulted in no change, Killian wholeheartedly realizes as a raising health professional, there is work to be done. Dreisbach is involved as a student leader in the Student Nurses Association on campus as well as at the state level. She is dedicated to advancing DEI in the community, and beyond.  She collaboratively works with the students and staff of our diverse campus community. Most recently Killian has worked with the Student Nurses Association to increase diversity in the nursing program. She is a Board member of the FSC Nursing Peer Mentor Club and a member of the National Student Nurses’’ Association.  Ms. Dreisbach is continually looking to make positive changes and efficient improvements to better the community as a whole. Killian’s example echoes the paraphrased words of Nelson Mandela, Equitable healthcare cannot be a question of income neither identity but is a fundamental human right. Thank you, Killian, for demonstrating that your love for healthcare is also a demonstration of your love for humanity. Thus representing not only your personal beliefs but exemplifying vibrant culture and distinctive community on the 300+ acres of this campus and beyond!

Dr. Sherry Manansingh

As Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, Sherry is an FSC pacesetter who goes the extra to elevate others realizing that success does not happen on its own. She leads by precept and example, with a clear belief that talents, pursuits, and contributions come in all identities. 

Dr. Manansingh has made exceptional contributions to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive college community through her unwavering dedication, leadership, and impactful initiatives. Throughout her career at Farmingdale State College, Dr. Manansingh has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion both inside and outside the classroom. She has actively worked towards creating an environment that celebrates and respects the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of all students, faculty, and staff. One of the ways in which Dr. Manansingh has made a profound impact on the college community is through her teaching and curriculum development. As the Co-Chair RDEI for the Nursing Department, she has proactively integrated diverse perspectives and inclusive teaching practices into her courses, ensuring that students are exposed to a wide range of ideas and experiences. She shows TedTalks created by activists that stress the importance of justice in expressing identity and holds multiple class discussions on diversity. By encouraging open dialogue and fostering a safe and inclusive learning environment in her nursing advocacy and leadership courses, Dr. Manansingh has empowered students to engage with different viewpoints, challenge biases, and develop a deeper understanding of social and cultural issues. Beyond the classroom, Dr. Manansingh has spearheaded numerous initiatives and programs aimed at promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. She organized for all of her students to attend this year's Multicultural Gala in order to empower them to further understand different cultures and the importance of representation. She continues to play a pivotal role in organizing workshops, seminars, and conferences that address important social justice issues. Additionally, she has actively advocated for underrepresented groups, ensuring that their voices are heard and their concerns are addressed within the college community. Dr. Manansingh’s commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion extends beyond her role as an educator. She has actively served on committees and task forces focused on creating inclusive policies and practices within the university. She was recently appointed as the Secretary for campus-wide DEI. Her leadership and guidance have been instrumental in the development and implementation of initiatives that aim to increase representation, support marginalized communities, and foster a sense of belonging for all members of the college community. Furthermore, Dr. Manansingh has been an invaluable mentor to students from diverse backgrounds. She has consistently shown a genuine interest in the personal and academic development of her students, providing guidance and support to help them navigate challenges and achieve their goals. Her mentorship has had a transformative impact on the lives of many students, particularly those who come from underrepresented backgrounds. In conclusion, Dr. Manansingh has made significant and lasting contributions to advancing the goals of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive college community at Farmingdale State College, especially within the Nursing Department. Her commitment to promoting diversity in her teaching, her leadership in initiating impactful programs, and her mentorship of students from diverse backgrounds exemplify the qualities necessary for an Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Sherry has played a decisive role in sustaining the FSC vibrant culture and is a respected member of the distinctive community at FSC where opportunity and preparation join to give rise to success.