Four African American Women Named to Diversity Positions in Higher Education

Jamila Lee-Johnson is the inaugural assistant dean of inclusive excellence for the Graduate School at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Most recently, she served as the equity, diversity, and inclusion manager for the University of Wisconsin System.

Dr. Lee-Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in mass media arts from Clark Atlanta University. She earned a master’s degree in student affairs administration from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sheryl R. Wilson will be the inaugural vice president for culture and belonging at Bethel College in Kansas, effective July 1, 2024. She currently serves as the executive director of the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution. Earlier, she was a trainer and research associate at the Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota.

Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in mediation and communication studies and a master’s degree in restorative justice from the University of Minnesota.

Dionne Lambert is the new director of diversity, equity, and inclusion education and training at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. She was a training coordinator in the Center for Public Life at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa. Earlier, she worked as a consultant for Chrysalis Consulting, with an emphasis on intercultural competency, leadership coaching, and dialogue facilitation.

Lambert is a graduate of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, where she majored in business administration.

Markeisha Miner was appointed vice president for community, equity, and diversity at the University of Rhode Island, effective January 2. She currently serves as senior associate dean for student services and dean of students at Cornell University Law School. Previously, Miner served as assistant dean of career services and outreach at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

Miner earned a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She earned a juris doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was executive editor of the Michigan Journal of Race and Law.

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