At Shenandoah, diversity is not just the job of one person or one department. Instead, inclusion, diversity, and equity are woven throughout the university’s structure and overseen by multiple individuals.
Assistant Provost for Inclusion, Diversity & Equity
Dr. Leonard’s position in academic affairs is focused on defining, assessing, strategizing, and implementing inclusive excellence as central to the Shenandoah’s mission. He is interested in processes, practices, and policies that make a real and sustainable impact throughout the institution and with schools, divisions, programs, and departments. The areas of the work surround initiatives of recruitment, retention, and success of diverse faculty and staff, support for faculty development, working to support and collaborate with faculty and teaching staff for transformative learning, and collaborating across the university to support student success, engagement, and belonging.
It is going to take us all working together for transformation. The unexamined impacts of racism and oppression cannot stand here. We are not unique in that racism and oppression are everywhere, but we want to be accountable in the way we acknowledge, listen and learn, commit and collaborate, and follow through with sustained action."
Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity, Inclusion, and Residential Services
Dahlia Ashford provides leadership in the areas of residential services, student conduct, The Mosaic Center for Diversity, and the [Not Just] Women’s Center. She is responsible for implementing diversity initiatives that enhance retention and persistence through to graduation, as well as life skills development for underrepresented students.
My goals are to develop relationships within the Shenandoah community that will prove beneficial to our students. I plan to increase the retention efforts for our underrepresented populations. Our students need us more than ever, and I hope that Shenandoah University proves to be a place where students can flourish and become productive global citizens.”
Assistant Athletic Director for Student Success, Inclusion & Equity
Foxx serves as the department's compliance director and has a leadership role with the department's RED (racial equity and diversity) team. DeShon is responsible for athletic educational programming and leading collaborative efforts across campus. He provides resources for minority athletes in order to encourage their holistic development and the acquisition of life skills outside of athletics.
I look forward to collaborating with everyone on campus in an effort to further the success of the students and student-athletes at Shenandoah University as well as being a part of the continuing holistic development of the community."
What Does Inclusion Mean to Us?
Inclusion is the advancement and presence of an environment where diverse individuals and groups can fully belong and participate.
What Does Diversity Mean to Us?
Diversity is the unique identity and lived experience of individuals and groups in our community, and how we prioritize and represent that.
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