Three Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

Edward Antonio was appointed the inaugural vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He was the chief diversity officer at Concordia College in Minnesota. Earlier, he was a diversity officer at the School of Theology at the University of Denver.

A native of Zimbabwe, Dr. Antonio earned a Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Cambridge in England.

Jennifer Hamer was appointed special adviser to the president of Pennsylvania State University for institutional equity. She has been serving as interim associate vice provost for educational equity at the university. Dr. Hamer is a professor of African American studies and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. She is the author of two books, Abandoned in the Heartland: Work, Family and Living in East St. Louis (University of California Press, 2011) and What it Means to be Daddy: Fatherhood for Black Men Living Away From Their Children (Columbia University Press, 2001).

Professor Hamer earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She holds a master’s degree in sociology from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Jeffrey Coleman will be the next vice president for diversity, inclusion, and community engagement at Framingham State University in Massachusetts, effective January 3. He is the former deputy chief diversity officer at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

Dr. Coleman holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy studies from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He holds a master’s degree in counseling with a concentration in student development in higher education from Central Connecticut State University and a Ph.D. in educational studies and cultural studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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