Five African Americans Who Have Been Named to Diversity Posts at Colleges and Universities

Roderick Morrison was named vice president of equity, diversity and inclusion at Tacoma Community College in Washington, effective August 1. He has been serving as the senior associate director of diversity, equity and admission at the Seattle University School of Law.

Morrison earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan and a juris doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law.

Kia Lilly Caldwell has been appointed vice provost for faculty affairs and diversity at Washington University in St. Louis. She has been serving as a professor of African, African American, and diaspora studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Caldwell will be a professor in the department of African and African-American studies at Washington University.

Professor Caldwell earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish literature and civilization from Princeton University in 1992. She earned a master’s degree in Latin American studies and a doctorate in social anthropology, both from the University of Texas at Austin.

Russell T. Griffin has joined the Division of  Human Resources Learning and Organizational Development at Emory University in Atlanta as the university’s new director of diversity and inclusion education and outreach. He was a communications and training consultant at Kaiser Permanente since 2018.

Griffin earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication/public relations from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. He holds a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Walden University and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology.

Vicki T. Sapp was appointed chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer at the State University of New York-Fredonia. She will begin her new duties on July 15, 2021. She has been serving as director of student engagement, diversity, and inclusion, and as an assistant professor in the department of medical education at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Sapp earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in student personnel administration at Buffalo State College in New York. She holds a Ph.D. in higher education leadership and policy from the University of Rochester in New York.

Teresa Ramey was named vice president of community, diversity, and inclusion at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. She most recently served as vice president for regional and community programs at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina. Ramey will begin her new duties on August 2.

Ramey holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communications from Western Kentucky University and a master’s degree in instructional development from Jacksonville State University in Alabama. She is completing work on a doctorate in higher education administration from Northeastern University.

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