Westminster’s Chief Diversity Officer Named to Utah’s MLK Human Rights Commission

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March 17, 2022

Utah Governor Spencer Cox appointed Tamara N. Stevenson, Ed.D., Westminster Chief Diversity Officer, to the state’s Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission. The commission’s mission is to serve the people of Utah and involve public and private sectors in a conscious effort to promote diversity, equity, and human rights.

Dr. Stevenson oversees the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and serves as the Chief Diversity Officer for Westminster College. In her role, she provides direct supervision of DEI and leadership on Westminster’s strategy for strengthening and sustaining diversity, advancing equity, and cultivating inclusion across the institution. She most recently served as a professor in the Communication Program since joining the College in 2012.

As a scholar-practitioner, Dr. Stevenson’s research explores the internal and external communicative (rhetorical) practices of educational institutions as organizational sites of power through a critical race lens. Her research has been recognized by the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor’s National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) with a 2009 “Emerging Diversity Scholar Award” given to acknowledge her “as a promising contributor to research, practice, or teaching related to diversity”.

Hailing from Detroit, Michigan and a first-generation college student, Dr. Stevenson holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s degree in organizational communication from Wayne State University. She earned a specialist of arts and doctorate in educational leadership (higher education administration) from Eastern Michigan University. She worked in corporate communication in various organizations and industries in the metropolitan Detroit area for more than a decade, including automotive, health care, and public (regional) education, along with serving as an adjunct instructor in communication and higher education administration at several public and private, two- and four-year colleges and universities.