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Dr. Nanavati at podium for 2021 Whitney Lecture Series

Whitney Lectureship Endowment

The Whitney Lectureship is made possible through the very generous support of Fay and Roy Whitney.  Fay Whitney, PhD, RN, FAAN, has a long and distinguished career in medical practice, nursing education and research.  Her efforts were instrumental in the establishment of Upstate's Nurse Practitioner program in the 1970s and, indeed, to the beginning of the national Nurse Practitioner movement.

The Whitneys established this endowment to provide funding for on-campus visits by nationally renowned health care experts.

Nurses: A Voice to Lead, a Vision For the Future of Healthcare

October 20, 2021
2:00–5:00 PM
New Academic Building, 4th Floor
SUNY Upstate

Featured Speakers:

Whitney Lecture Speaker

Jean Watson, PHD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN,
(LL -AAN) Founder and Director,
Watson Caring Science Institute

Best known for developing the “Theory of Human Caring,” Watson’s “caring science” is described by one California hospital as helping nurses to “embrace the positive energy that flows from an integrated mind, body and spirit and is mutually rewarding to both the patient and the nurse.”

Esteemed Invited Speakers

Al-Amin Muhammad
Founder, We Rise Above the Streets, Inc.

Learn the inspiring story of a man who took a stand against homelessness and the path he took to create We Rise Above the Streets.

Kaushal Nanavati, MD
Medical Director of Integrative Therapy,
Upstate Medical University

An integrative family physician, author and motivational speaker with a passion for leading people toward improved wellness, self-care, and peace in life.


2:00 PM Open and Welcome from Dean Austin-Ketch
2:15 PM Recognition and Award Nursing Scholarship Recipients
2:45 PM Esteemed Speaker Mr. Al-Amin Muhammad (live in person)
3:15 PM Break
3:30 PM Esteemed Speaker Dr. Kaushal Nanavati (live in person)
4:00 PM Whitney Lecture Dr. Jean Watson (live stream)
4:30 PM Breakout sessions/ QA
5:00 PM Closing remarks/ End

2021 Whitney Lecture Gallery