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Sheniece Martin-Stancil-El, DNP, RN, CNL

(Pronouns: She/Her)
  • Nursing Director for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, URMC
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing


  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice, 2021. University of Rochester School of Nursing NY
  • Master in Science in Clinical Nurse Leadership, 2019. University of Rochester School of Nursing NY
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2010. St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Nursing NY
  • Bachelors of Art in Psychology, 2008. University at Buffalo NY


Sheniece Martin-Stancil-El, DNP, RN, CNL, currently serves as the nursing director for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Rochester Medical Center and an assistant professor of clinical nursing. As nursing director, she plays a pivotal role in spearheading initiatives, leadership programs, and recruitment strategies related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. She also works with the Rochester Black Nurses Association on various programming and workshops.

Martin-Stancil-El has been recognized for her significant contributions to the health care sector and academia, receiving awards such as the 2022 Rochester Black Nurses Association Nurse Pioneer Award and the National Black Nurses Association Under 40 Award. Additionally, she is a recipient of the HANYS' eCornell Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship. As a sought-after speaker, Martin-Stancil-El has shared her expertise on panels and presentations, covering vital topics like "Diabetes and Hypertension Overview" and "Advancing Your Career: Building on the CNL Skill Set." She has also taught critical subjects, including "Cultural Humility," "Unconscious Bias," and "Transitioning to the LPN Role."

Martin-Stancil-El's dedication extends to various committees and councils, where she holds key positions, including the chair of the Nursing Practice Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Advisory Council. She is involved with groups such as DNPs of Color and the United Way African American Leadership Development Program, National Black Nurses Association, Rochester Chapter Board Member, has completed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Online Certificate program, and is an inducted 2022 Class of Fellows of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.   She also contributes to the community through her volunteer work, serving as a Sheikess, an Islamic faith leader, as the Secretary and Treasurer for the Moorish Science Temple of America Inc Syracuse Branch Temple 11.

A two-time alumna of the University of Rochester School of Nursing, Martin-Stancil-El earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in 2021, a master's degree in clinical nursing leadership in 2019, and a bachelor's degree in nursing in 2010 from St. John Fisher (College) University 

Current Focus

1. Building the infrastructure of URMC Nursing Practice, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

2. Diversifying the nursing workforce including leadership

Nurse Pioneer Award
Rochester Black Nurses Association, 2022

Under 40 Award
National Black Nurses Association, 2022

DNP Scholarly Project Award
Sigma Theta Tau Sigma Theta Tau Epsilon Xi, 2022

Michele Unger Leadership Memorial Award
University of Rochester School of Nursing, 2017
This is Chess, not Checkers, Changing the Game of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Academia and Nursing Practice
Dr. Yvette Conyers
• DNP’s of Color 3rd Annual Conference: Calling all Game Changers and Trailblazers, URMC, 2023
Washington, District Of Columbia

Inclusive Leadership: Practical Ways to Cultivate Inclusion and Build a Better Team."
Michele Lewis, Kimberly Braitwaith
• The University of Rochester Office of Equity and Inclusion’s Boundless Together: The Future of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Conference, University of Rochester Medical Center, 2023
Rochester, New York

Celebrating Black History Month: The Black Resistance.
DNP’s of Color Panel Discussion, DNP's of Color, 2023

"Stop Acting Black": Racism in Pediatric Healthcare
University of Rochester Medical Center 27th Annual Pediatric Conference, University of Rochester Medical Center, 2022
Rochester, New York

Advancing Your Career: Building on the CNL Skill Set
American Association Colleges of Nursing CNL Summit, American Association Colleges of Nursing, 2022

Racism in Nursing
Coalition of Regional/Rochester Nursing Organizations Educational Meeting, Coalition of Regional/Rochester Nursing Organizations, 2022
Rochester, New York

Building the Foundation for an Inaugural Nursing Director for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Role
American Association of Colleges of Nursing Diversity Leadership Institute, American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 2022

Evaluating and Improving Complex Care Management for High-Risk Patients in a Patient-Centered Medical Home Primary Care Practice
Scholarly DNP Project Presentation, University of Rochester School of Nursing, 2019

Nursing Interventions for Smoking Cessation
Fontella Robinson
24th Annual Adult Medical Surgical Nursing Convention, 2015
Las Vegas, Nevada
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