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I believe that diversity acceptance builds intelligence and enhances students’ critical thinking skills.

Cynthia B. Brown-Davis, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-DNP(c)



Dr. Cynthia Brown-Davis is an Assistant Professor in the College of Health, Human Services, and Science at Ashford University. She is a Registered Professional Neuro-Psychiatric Nurse and holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services with a Health Care Administration specialization from Capella University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Emory University. Dr. Brown-Davis is a lifelong practitioner-scholar who has also earned an MBA and a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from American InterContinental University. She has spent over a decade in leadership roles in health care, education, and information technology, facilitating several training courses in both online and ground platforms. In these roles, she has had the opportunity to be a change agent through both fostering and implementing change at all levels of the organizational hierarchy. “My goal is to create diversity in, and access to, education. I believe that diversity acceptance builds intelligence and enhances students’ critical thinking skills.” As someone who was an online student herself, she particularly enjoys mentoring her Ashford students. “Teachers should present themselves as mentors in a way that is non-partisan, as partisanship comes across negatively and sometimes affects students’ learning outcomes, limiting critical thinking. Teachers should act as neutral mentors to students, allowing them to defend their stance and welcome other points of view.” Dr. Brown-Davis has two children and enjoys researching, reading, and traveling.


Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services
Capella University
Master of Business Administration
Bachelor of Information Technology
American InterContinental University

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