Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Given Duties Relating to Diversity

Wilmore Webley will serve as the inaugural senior vice provost for equity and inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is an associate professor of microbiology and has been serving as associate dean for inclusion and engagement in the university’s Graduate School. Dr. Webley joined the faculty at the university in 2003.

Dr. Webley earned a bachelor’s degree in medical technology at Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville, Jamaica. He holds master’s and doctorate degrees in microbiology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Cornelius Gilbert was appointed chief diversity officer at the State University of New York Adirondack in Queensbury. He previously taught at Northern Illinois University and the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

A native of Chicago, Dr. Gilbert earned bachelor’s degrees in history and Afro-American studies, a master’s degree in Afro-American studies, and a doctorate in education with a focus on history, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Krista L. Walker was named assistant dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion for the College of Nursing at Michigan State University. She was an assistant professor of family medicine and director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Medicine.

Dr. Walker is a graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where she majored in psychology. She holds a master’s degree in urban affairs from Queens College of the City University of New York, a master’s degree in teaching urban adolescents with disabilities from Long Island University, and a Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership studies from the University of Iowa.


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