New Roles as Higher Education Diversity Officers for Four African American Women

Tomarra Adams will be the chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, effective July 1. She has been serving as an associate professor of African American studies and social work and dean for undergraduate education at Spalding University in Louisville.

Dr. Adams holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master of social work degree, and a Ph.D. in social work, all from the University of Louisville.

Damira Grady was appointed vice president of equity and inclusion at Madison College in Wisconsin. She has been serving as associate vice-chancellor of academic support for inclusive excellence and university diversity officer at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Dr. Grady holds a bachelor’s degree in educational studies and a  master’s degree in educational psychology with an emphasis in community counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She earned a doctorate in the advancement of learning and service in higher education from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.

Wendy Smooth was promoted to senior vice provost for inclusive excellence at Ohio State University. She has been serving as associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Smooth is also a faculty member in the department of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

Dr. Smooth earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Xavier University of Louisiana. She holds master’s and Ph.D. degrees in government and politics as well as a certificate in women’s studies from the University of Maryland College Park.

Cheryl Nuñez has been named vice president for equity, inclusion, and diversity at the College of Wooster in Ohio. Previously, she was vice president for equity and inclusion at Olympic College, a community college serving approximately 8,500 students across three campuses in western Washington.

Nuñez earned a bachelor’s degree in English and American literature and language from Harvard University. She holds a master’s degree in educational foundations from the University of Cincinnati.


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