Skip Navigation

NCORE Webinar Series

Diversity Senior Leadership Roles within Higher Education: Are You Ready?


Recorded April 28, 2021  |  Captions and sign language interpretation provided

86 min  |  $25.00  |  Purchase this webinar



Session Description:

This session is intended for early career professionals interested in learning about various diversity career options within higher education, including those in student affairs, academic affairs and offices of the chancellor/president. Leadership positions requiring expertise in equity, diversity and inclusion are becoming increasingly available, but there is often little information regarding the range of career options, education required, and skills and experience needed to obtain and succeed in such positions. This session will provide participants an overview of the growing field, an opportunity to discuss the benefits and challenges of career paths in diversity, and recommendations for the education and experience needed to succeed and advance in diversity leadership roles. Presenters will also help participants assess their skill sets in ways that enhance their marketability for diversity leadership positions.



presenter Celina Chatman-Nelson image

Celina Chatman-Nelson, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Diversity and Inclusion, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University- New York, NY

Dr. Celina Chatman Nelson is Associate Dean for Academic Diversity and Inclusion in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University. She oversees graduate career development for all students in the school. She also leads efforts to produce programs and resources and inform policies that support the scholarly and professional development of graduate students from underrepresented groups, and that prepare all graduate students in the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. Prior to joining Columbia, Dr. Chatman Nelson was the inaugural Director of Graduate Development and Diversity at the University of Chicago. Earlier in her career, she directed policy research programs and initiatives in child development and early childhood education, and she conducted research on adolescent identity and achievement motivation in the context of race and ethnicity. Dr. Chatman Nelson completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at the Ohio State University, and earned an M.A. in English (creative non-fiction) from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Ph.D. in social psychology from Rutgers University.

presenter Tamara A. Johnson image

Tamara A. Johnson, Ph.D., Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, Adler University- Chicago, IL

Dr. Tamara A. Johnson is currently Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Adler University. Her previous positions include Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Student Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Director of Faculty Diversity Initiatives at the University of Chicago and Executive Director for Multicultural Student Affairs at Northwestern University. Dr. Johnson has worked within a range of higher education settings, including counseling centers, career services, minority student affairs, and residential life and also spent time as an organizational consultant with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Johnson has served as an Adjunct Professor at Argosy University, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University and currently has a teaching appointment at Adler University. Dr. Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a master’s degree in Human Resources and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology.