A Quartet of Black Americans Who Have Been Appointed to University Posts Relating to Diversity

Bi Awosika is the new assistant dean of diversity equity and inclusion at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. A member of the faculty since 2016, Dr. Awosika is an associate professor in the department of internal medicine. She serves as associate program director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Awoski is a graduate of Stanford University, where she majored in human biology. She earned her medical degree at the University of Illinois.

Nefertiti Walker has been appointed deputy vice president for academic and student affairs and equity at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is an associate professor of sports management at the university and has served on the faculty at the university since 2011.

Dr. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA both from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. She earned a Ph.D. in sport management from the University of Florida.

Dorothy Hines was named the faculty fellow for the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Fellows Program at the University of Kansas. Dr. Hines is an associate professor in the department of curriculum and teaching in the School of Education & Human Sciences and in the department of African and African-American studies.

Dr. Hines received a bachelor’s degree in political science from North Carolina State University. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from North Carolina Central University and a doctorate in education policy from Michigan State University.

Jai-Me Potter-Rutledge was named assistant dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion for the School of Public Health at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She had been serving in the role on an interim basis since June 2022. Before joining Brown in 2018, Potter-Rutledge worked with the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, a society for health professionals studying substance use disorders and co-occurring psychiatric disorders.

Potter-Rutledge holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral neuroscience from Simmons University in Boston. She earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration and management from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.

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