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ABOUT

Since 2012, the Big 12 Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education has existed as a chapter of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). Its core membership consists of faculty and professional staff that are engaged in the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion work at higher education institutions in the Big 12 Athletic Conference.The Association serves as a central network and resource that (1) elevates and affirms the significance of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts on in higher (2) facilitates mentorship and professional development for current and aspiring diversity officers and (3) provides a forum for dialogue, shared best practices and cross-institutional collaborations among its core members and others engaged in the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion among members.  The Association welcomes member higher education institutions from beyond the Big 12 Athletic Conference.

 

This is a consortium of senior diversity officers from the Big 12 universities. See the list below for a list of all Big 12 universities and links to their respective diversity, equity, and inclusion office websites. 

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MALCOLM FOLEY, Ph.D.

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Treasurer, Big 12 Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education

 

Special Advisor the President for Equity and Campus Engagement

Baylor University 

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SHARON PERRY FANTINI, Ph.D.

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Secretary, Big 12 Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education

 

Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion

Iowa State University

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RANA JOHNSON, Ph.D.

Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Belonging

Kansas State University

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JASON F. KIRKSEY, Ph.D.

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Member, Board of Directors

National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE)

Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer

Oklahoma State University

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JONATHAN BENJAMIN-ALVARADO, Ph.D.

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President-Elect, Big 12 Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education

 

Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Chief Inclusion Officer

Texas Christian University

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NICOLE HODGES PERSLEY, Ph.D.

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Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 

University of Kansas

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BELINDA HIGGS HYPPOLITE, Ph.D.

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Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
University of Oklahoma

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LATOYA SMITH, Ph.D.

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President, Big 12 Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education

Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement

University of Texas at Austin

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MESHEA L. POORE, Esq.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Immediate Past President, Big 12 Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion 

University of West Virginia

 

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