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Diverse: Issues In Higher Education highlights 25 outstanding women during Women’s History Month

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Diverse: Issues In Higher Education highlights 25 outstanding women during Women’s History Month

FAIRFAX, Va. — In honor of Women’s History Month, Diverse will publish its 12th annual special report recognizing the contributions of women to higher education.

To be circulated at several annual higher education meetings, the March 3, 2023 edition will highlight 25 women who have made a difference in the academy by tackling some of higher education’s toughest challenges, exhibiting extraordinary leadership skills, and making a positive difference in their respective communities.

The 2023 class of leading women in higher education are (in alphabetical order by institution):

  1. Dr. Monica Parrish Trent, chief program and network officer, Achieving the Dream
  2. Dr. Narcisa A. Polonio, former executive vice president of education, research and board leadership services, Association of Community College Trustees
  3. Dr. Marva M. Craig, vice president for student affairs, Borough of Manhattan Community College
  4. Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes, commissioner, Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
  5. Dr. Joann W. Haysbert, chancellor and provost, Hampton University
  6. Dr. Kizzmekia “Kizzy” S. Corbett, assistant professor of immunology and infectious diseases, Harvard University
  7. Dr. Claudine Gay, president-elect, Harvard University
  8. Vanessa E. Wyche, director, NASA’s Johnson Space Center
  9. Dr. Claudia V. Schrader, president, Kingsborough Community College of CUNY
  10. Dr. Robin Holmes-Sullivan, president, Lewis & Clark College
  11. Dr. Susan D. Johnson, director of grants administration, Lumina Foundation
  12. Dr. Sally Ann Kornbluth, president, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  13. Dr. Joy Buolamwini, research assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and founder, Algorithmic Justice League
  14. Dr. Malou C. Harrison, executive vice president and provost, Miami Dade College
  15. Dr. Elsa Gonzalez, program director, National Science Foundation; associate professor, University of Houston
  16. Dr. Cathy O’Neil, founder and CEO, ORCAA
  17. Dr. Jayathi Murthy, president, Oregon State University
  18. Dr. Janelle Jennings-Alexander, assistant professor of English and interim associate vice president of academic affairs, Saint Augustine’s University
  19. Dr. Tina M. King, president, San Diego College of Continuing Education
  20. Dr. Julianna M. Asperin Barnes, chancellor, South Orange County Community College District
  21. Dr. Lesia L. Crumpton-Young, president, Texas Southern University
  22. Dr. Vanessa B. Beasley, president, Trinity University
  23. Dr. Radenka Maric, president, University of Connecticut
  24. Dr. Tana Fitzpatrick, associate vice president of tribal relations, University of Oklahoma
  25. Dr. Katalin KarikĂł, adjunct professor of neurosurgery, University of Pennsylvania




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