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Damon L. Williams joins The Graduate School as Assistant Dean of Diversity & Inclusion

Modified: May 2, 2017

Dear Members of The Graduate Community at Northwestern University,

I am pleased to announce that, effective June 15, 2017, Damon L. Williams will become Assistant Dean of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion in The Graduate School. Damon will be responsible for all recruitment and retention activities TGS conducts, continuing to build upon the solid foundation for this work laid by his predecessor, Nsombi B. Ricketts. TGS’s Diversity & Inclusion team organizes the Summer Research Opportunities Program, holds Introduction to Graduate Education Days at Northwestern—a recruitment event for underrepresented minority students—and attends numerous conferences and recruitment fairs each year. This work has already made a strong impact in diversifying our graduate student population in partnership with each of our academic programs, which we see reflected in our demographic admission data and discuss in our annual Diversity Report, which is published by TGS Diversity & Inclusion.

Damon joins us from Emory University, where he has served as the Director of Diversity, Community, and Recruitment in the James T. Laney Graduate School. There, he established the EDGE (Emory Diversifying Graduate Education office) which focuses on recruitment, retention programming, and faculty training for diversity and inclusion initiatives. He has a strong background in recruitment, academic support, relationship-building, and the creation of professional development activities. He has a strong history of developing partnerships and piplelines which serve to recruit and retain underrepresented minority students to graduate education. He holds a BS from Xavier University of Louisiana and an MBA from Fontbonne University.

I hope you’ll join me in welcoming Damon to Northwestern.


Dwight A. McBride, PhD
Dean of The Graduate School & Associate Provost for Graduate Education

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