Three African Americans Who Are Taking on New Roles as University Diversity Officers

Malika Carter has been named the inaugural vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion and chief diversity officer at James Madson University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She will take on her new duties on August 25. Dr. Carter has been serving as the chief diversity officer at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.

Dr. Carter holds a bachelor’s degree in middle childhood education from Cleveland State University in Ohio. She earned a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont and a Ph.D. in institutional analysis from North Dakota State University.

E. Cheryl Ponder was named interim assistant vice chancellor for advocacy, inclusion, and support programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She previously served as the vice president for student affairs at Alcorn State University in Mississippi.

Dr. Ponder holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Dillard University in New Orleans. She earned an MBA at Clark Atlanta University and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Oklahoma.

Tiffany Baffour is the new associate dean of graduate equity, diversity, and inclusion at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Dr. Baffour has been an associate professor in the master of social work program at the university since 2019. Earlier, she taught at North Carolina A&T State University, the University of North Florida, and Winston-Salem State University.

Dr. Baffour is a graduate of Jersey City University, where she majored in political science. She holds master’s degrees from the University of Delaware and Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania as well as a Ph.D. in social work from Howard University in Washington, D.C.


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