Three African American Women Who Have Been Appointed Chief Diversity Officers

Natalie Page is the inaugural chief diversity officer at St. Xavier University in Chicago. She was vice president for academic affairs at Danville Community College in Virginia. Earlier, Dr. Page was dean of academic services at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois.

Dr. Page is a graduate of Michigan State University, where she majored in advertising and marketing. She holds a master’s degree in instructional design and technology from Governors State University and a doctorate in community college leadership from Northern Illinois University.

Khalilah Shabazz is the new vice president and chief diversity officer at Butler University in Indianapolis. She had worked in a number of roles at Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis since 2001, including director of the Multicultural Success Center and director of the diversity enrichment and achievement program at the University College.

Dr. Shabazz holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees and an educational doctorate, all from Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis.

Courtney Howard has been named the chief diversity officer at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Most recently, she was the associate dean of the college’s School of Education. Earlier, Dr. Howard was the interim dean for the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance for a year. She came to the college in 2011 to lead the School of Education’s Center for Partnerships to Improve Education.

Dr. Howard is a graduate of Florida A&M University, where she majored in biology. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction in science education from the University of Florida.

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