Five African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to University Administrative Posts

Assata Zerai has been named vice president for equity and inclusion at the University of New Mexico. Currently, she serves as the associate provost for faculty excellence at the University of Illinois. She is the author of several books on equity and inclusion including Intersectionality in International Communities: The Struggle for Inclusivity (Lexington Books, 2016), Hypermasculinity and State Violence in Zimbabwe (Africa World Press, 2014), and African Women, ICT and Neoliberal Politics: The Challenge of Gendered Digital Divides to People-Centered Governance (Routledge, 2018).

Dr. Zerai is a graduate of Anderson University in Indiana, where she majored in sociology. She holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. both in sociology from the University of Chicago.

Sean C. Garrick has been named vice chancellor for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Illinois. He currently serves as associate vice provost in the Office for Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota.

Garrick is a graduate of the University at Buffalo of the State University of New York System.

Alexis Smith has been named marketing coordinator for the Mississippi University for Women Dining Services.

She recently graduated from Mississippi University for Women, where she majored in communications and minored in marketing.

Bulaong Ramiz-Hall has been named director of the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity at the University of Kansas. She was director of the Multicultural Resource Center at Amherst College in Massachusetts.

Ramiz-Hall is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where she majored in American race and ethnic studies. She holds a master’s degree in counselor education and student development in higher education.

Christopher Jefferson has been named director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Pennsylvania State University. He was director of fraternity and sorority life at Indiana State University.

Jefferson holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy analysis both from the University of Missouri.


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