Three Black Women Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

Alaine Allen was named associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion for the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She most recently served as the director of educational outreach and community engagement for the School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Allen is a graduate of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in physics education. She holds a master’s degree in education and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pittsburgh.

Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux was appointed the inaugural assistant vice president for diversity, equity, inclusion, and assessment at the California Institute of Technology. She has been serving as the chief institutional research officer at Caltech. In September she will assume the title of chief diversity officer at Caltech.

Dr. Malcom-Piqueux is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She earned a master’s degree in planetary science at Caltech and a Ph.D. in urban education from the University of Southern California.

Joanne Pluff was appointed director of diversity recruitment at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. She was an admissions officer and an inter-group dialogue facilitator at Utica College in New York.

Originally from Massachusetts, Pluff earned a bachelor’s degree at Utica College, where she played intercollegiate soccer.

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