The Pourquois Diversity Approach

Synergy is key for building solid business relationships. We want to give each of you the time and guidance you deserve.   Together we will create and refine your plan for success. We didn’t get there alone. And neither will you.


We develop a collaborative relationship to help you define your goals and outcomes.

We begin each engagement with a sense of curiosity to understand your goals and what you want to accomplish. Every organization begins with some sense of their problem and what they want.  Through an assessment process we will seek to clarify your mission-critical goals. The consolidation of information leads to a more through and compelling approach to the project.


We will engage in creative inquiry.

Creative thinking and innovation will be applied to the specific goals and objectives of each engagement. We encourage the process of discussion and diverse perspective taking to converge on the most suitable approaches for each situation. Training may be one element of advancing diversity and inclusion, but rarely is it the only element. A comprehensive plan will be developed before implementation.


We will help you assess impact.

We will apply quantitative and qualitative evaluation approaches and metrics to evaluate the impact of strategies implemented. At the end of each engagement we prepare   a written evaluative report to assess project effectiveness.

meet the principal

About Vernell DeWitty

Dr. DeWitty is a transformational leader with a unique vision for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. With a health care practice background and the added experience of leading organizations across differences she brings a holistic perspective that fosters engagement with a laser focus on results. She has advised the nation’s top academic nursing leaders on building consensus around a strategic approach to diversity and inclusion. Her background encompasses healthcare administration, nursing education, and practice.

Dr. DeWitty has published on mentoring, academic success and student progression as she continues to develop strategies and programs to increase diversity and enrich cultural competency.  By offering workshops on unconscious bias she works with organizations to increase cultural humility and achieve inclusive excellence. She has provided consultative services with nursing organizations in the design and implementation of mentoring programs.

Dr. DeWitty earned her doctorate degree from George Mason University, her MBA from Howard University, and MSN from The Catholic University of America. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and received a certificate as a Healthcare Executive in Diversity and Inclusion from the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Unconscious Bias Learning Lab by Cook Ross, and the Maryland Equity and Inclusion Leadership Program at the University of MD/Shafer Policy Center.

She was the recipient of the American Nurses Association 2014 Mary Mahoney Award for her significant contributions to advancing equal opportunities in nursing. She also received the President’s Award from State University of New York, Downstate for her leadership and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. She received the 2020 Individual Diversity Award from The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. Dr. DeWitty has an unwavering passion for improving the health of vulnerable populations as reflected in her work on behalf of health equity, access to care and workforce diversity.

awards & Accolades

Vernell DeWitty Honored as Fellow by American Academy of Nursing

Vernell DeWitty, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN and 252 other nurse leaders were inducted into the 2023 Class of Fellows by the American Academy of Nursing. This recognized their significant contribution to health and healthcare. With this new class of fellows, the Academy now consists of over 3,000 distinguished leaders actively championing health and wellness.