Kentucky’s Centre College Promotes Dr. Andrea Abrams to VP for DEI

Centre College has promoted Dr. Andrea Abrams to vice president for diversity, inclusion and equity,  recognizing “the momentous work that Andrea has led at Centre and the importance of our chief diversity officer as a senior leader in the College’s administration.”

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Abrams has been serving as the college’s chief diversity officer since 2018. At the college since 2007, Abrams began teaching as a postdoctoral fellow before becoming assistant professor of anthropology and, later, associate professor of anthropology at the college. She has also chaired the Gender Studies Program.

According to the school, “Abrams is currently developing a strategic plan to weave diversity, inclusion and equity into every fiber of the campus community, after which she will lead in the campus-wide assessment and evaluation of these efforts. She will also facilitate initiatives to recruit, hire and retain a diverse faculty and staff.”

“I am particularly excited about three programs that will come on-line in fall 2021,” said Abrams.

Those three programs include a new Anti-Racism Grant Fund to expand engagement in anti-racism practice; a diversity and engagement peer leadership program to increase campus participation in diversity and inclusion work through a peer network; and the J.H. and Artie Atkins Scholars Program to support student research or art focused on diversity, inclusion and equity.