Three African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

Terrence Mitchell was appointed executive director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. Dr. Mitchell comes to Mercyhurst from Pennsylvania Western University, where he served the past two years as chief diversity officer and senior associate vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion. He has held similar roles as a chief administrator in diversity and inclusion at Edinboro University (now a campus of PennWest), Slippery Rock University, and the State University Of New York at Oneonta.

Dr. Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in community college education from the University of Central Oklahoma. He earned a Ph.D. in administration and leadership studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Faye Belgrave has been named vice president and chief diversity officer at Virginia Commonwealth University, effective October 23. She has been serving as associate dean for equity and community partnerships in the College of Humanities and Sciences at the university, a position she has held since 2020. She joined VCU in 1997 as professor of psychology.

Dr. Belgrave is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Tammy Bennett is the inaugural vice president for inclusive excellence in philanthropy at the University of Cincinnati Foundation. She was the chief equity and inclusion officer at the law firm Dinsmore & Shohl. She also is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Bennett earned a bachelor’s degree in African American studies and a law degree from the University of Cincinnati.

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