Four African Americans Who Have Been Assigned to Diversity Roles in Higher Education

Tina Simpson will be the inaugural chief clinical diversity officer for the School of Medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans, effective October 1. She has been serving as vice chair of faculty development in the department of pediatrics and director of the Adolescent Medicine Training Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.

Dr. Simpson is a graduate of the University of New Orleans, where she majored in biology. She holds a master of public health degree and a medical doctorate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

William Smith has been appointed the chief executive administrator for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute at the University of Utah. Dr. Smith has been serving as a professor in the department of education, culture, and society in the College of Education at the university.

Dr. Smith received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology at Eastern Illinois University He earned a Ph.D. in educational policy and sociology/social psychology at the University of Illinois.

Greneda Johnson is the new director of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Most recently, Johnson served as pro bono director for Legal Aid of Arkansas.

A native of Fort Smith, Johnson is a two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas. In 2004 she received a bachelor’s degree in political science and legal studies from the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, and in 2007 she earned a juris doctorate from the law school.

J. Camille Hall has been appointed as the new vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of Missouri Kansas City, effective August 22. She has been serving as a tenured professor and associate dean for equity and inclusion in the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Hall holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from New Mexico State University. She earned a Ph.D. at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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