Westminster Selects Interim Chief Diversity Officer

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March 8, 2019

Tamara Stevenson, Ed.D., will serve as the college’s interim chief diversity officer effective March 1

Westminster College has selected Tamara Stevenson, Ed.D., as interim chief diversity officer, effective March 1, 2019. Stevenson came to Westminster College in 2012, and since that time, has developed and taught courses in human, organizational and intercultural communication; civil rights discourses and professional writing. Her professional presentations address multiple dynamics of race, gender, power and privilege, and her research includes the study of racialized and gendered experiences of African-American male and female faculty and spans public policy and higher education.

“I am looking forward to continuing the work of diversity, equity and inclusion at Westminster, with meaningful attention to improve and advance organizational policies and practices that cultivate and sustain productive learning experiences for every student and facilitates equally fulfilling, collaborative environments for our faculty, staff and community partners toward mutually beneficial outcomes for all,” Stevenson said.

Stevenson has been active in college-wide service, including membership on numerous committees and leadership of initiatives. She also served as faculty fellow for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion from 2015–18. In addition to recognition from external organizations — such as the Emerging Diversity Scholar Award from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor’s National Center for Institutional Diversity — she was honored last month with the college’s Unsung Hero Award. Her academic credentials include a doctorate and specialist of arts degree in educational leadership and a graduate certificate in community college leadership from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan, along with a master’s degree in organizational communication and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Wayne State University in Detroit.

“I look forward to partnering with Dr. Stevenson in making continued progress on our efforts toward creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive campus, and drawing on her insights as the newest member of the President’s Cabinet,” said Westminster President Beth Dobkin, Ph.D. “Please join me in thanking the campus colleagues who offered me indispensable advice during this process — and in congratulating Dr. Stevenson as she steps into this new role at the college.”