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

Nicole Belisle is the new chief diversity officer at Palomar College in San Marcos, California. She had been serving as associate chief diversity officer at San Diego State University.

Dr. Belisle is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she majored in sociology. She holds a master’s degree in sociology and education from Teachers College at Columbia University and a Ph.D. in higher education student affairs from San Diego State University.

Rosevelt Noble has been named associate dean of students for equity, diversity, and inclusion at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He was the director of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center.

Originally from Kankakee, Illinois, Dr. Noble attended Vanderbilt University as a student from 1994 through 2003. In 1997, he completed a bachelor’s degree with a double major in sociology and human and organizational development. In 2003, he earned a Ph.D. in sociology.

Tracye Y. Davis is the inaugural executive director of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan. Davis has served the college as assistant director of performance, development, engagement, and talent acquisition since 2021.

A Michigan native, Davis attended the University of Michigan-Dearborn and transferred to Spring Arbor University in Michigan, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education. She earned a master’s degree in education from Central Michigan University and is working toward a doctorate in higher education from the University of Phoenix.

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