Four African Americans Taking on Diversity Roles at Colleges and Universities

Ufuoma C. Abiola has been named the inaugural associate university librarian for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Princeton University Library. Dr. Abiola most recently served as the inaugural executive director for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Columbia Business School in New York City.

Dr. Abiola is a graduate of Boston College, where she majored in psychology. She holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a master’s degree and a doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Donald Jaamal was named dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion and Title IX coordinator at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Most recently, he served as the dean of student success at the Art Institute of Atlanta. Earlier, he was the executive director of the Warrior Center for Student Success, Equity, and Inclusion at Texas A&M University-Central Texas in Killeen.

Jamall is a graduate of Mississippi State University. He holds a master’s degree in counseling and psychology from the University of West Alabama.

Karen Nelson is the new vice president for inclusion and community impact at Herzing University, which is based in Milwaukee and operates 10 campuses across seven states and an online division. Previously, she served as a diversity officer for Rogers Behavioral Health and for the city of Appleton, Wisconsin.

Nelson is a graduate of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. She holds an executive MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Pamela Ross-McClain is the inaugural chief officer of culture, belonging, and community building at Delta College in Frankenlust Township, Michigan. Previously, she served as a tenured professor of education for Saginaw Valley State University and the University of Michigan-Flint.

Dr. Ross-McClain earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Afro-American and African studies from the University of Michigan. She holds a master’s degree in Afro-American studies from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in teacher education and professional development from Michigan State University.

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