Los Angeles, California, January 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Mount Saint Mary’s University is pleased to welcome Krishauna Hines-Gaither, PhD, as Senior Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Justice. A highly experienced diversity educator and leader, Hines-Gaither will be responsible for guiding and coordinating campus-wide efforts to mainstream diversity and inclusion into policies, practices and procedures within the University.
Hines-Gaither brings to the Mount nearly two decades of experience in higher education and a focus on justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, scholarships and practice. Prior to joining Mount Saint Mary’s, she was Acting Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Director of the Center for Intercultural Engagement at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina.
âDr. Hines-Gaither is a recognized leader in DCI’s work in the field of higher education and will be an exceptional addition to our community,â said President Ann McElaney-Johnson, PhD. âI am delighted to be here. ‘welcome to the Mount as we continue to advance our work to become an anti-racist university. â
As the only university for women in Los Angeles and one of the most diverse in the country – with 83% students of color – the university has been committed to social justice since its founding in 1925. Its commitment recent becoming an anti-racist institution is one of the priorities of its strategic plan for the next five years.
As the new vice president overseeing the recently renamed Bernadette Gonzaque Robert Center for Equity, Diversity and Justice, Hines-Gaither will develop recruitment and retention programs to increase the diversity of faculty, staff and students. at the graduate and undergraduate levels; promote inclusive education and training for all members of the Mount community; support efforts to create a diverse and inclusive university-wide curriculum; and strengthen Mont’s engagement offerings and experiences through more effective and diverse community partnerships.
âI am delighted to be joining Mount Saint Mary’s University during this pivotal time,â said Hines-Gaither. âI have already had the opportunity to meet several members of the Mount community, and with every interaction I find a welcoming community that is deeply invested in the success of our synergistic vision for equity, diversity and justice. I look forward to building a lasting vision with my new colleagues at Mount.
Sharing her vision for the Center, Dr. Hines-Gaither said, âWe will be a leading training center for students, staff and faculty. We will achieve the goals of our new strategic plan by increasing representation and increasing our MSMU footprint. We will work diligently to become an anti-racist university. Finally, we will continue a publishing program that tells our story and sets a standard for other EDJ centers across the country. “
While in Guilford, Hines-Gaither co-chaired the college’s first colored staff committee, served on the interfaith council, and provided cutting-edge equity programming. She has also chaired the Diversity and Inclusion Council’s subcommittees to increase equity in school and after-school programs and to combat prejudice in hiring.
Previously, she served as the inaugural director of diversity and inclusion at Salem College, a women’s college in North Carolina, which is also her alma mater. In this role, Hines-Gaither advised several multicultural student clubs and launched the first large-scale campus program for intercultural dialogues.
His work for inclusion has been recognized locally and nationally. Guilford College received a perfect score of 5 on the Campus Pride Index for LGBTQIA friendliness and was named one of the top 30 institutions in the country for LGBTQIA support. Guilford College became the first institution in North Carolina to hire a dedicated coordinator for immigrants and refugees of various documentation statuses. Dr. Hines-Gaither was named Voice for Change by Spectrum News in North Carolina in honor of her commitment to inclusion. She is often a speaker, workshop leader and scholar. She has taught Spanish, Race and Ethnicity Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and (Afro) Latin American Studies. She is currently under contract with Routledge Press to write a book on anti-racism.
Hines-Gaither holds a BA in Spanish Language and Literature from Salem College and an MA in Spanish Teacher Education from Wake Forest University, both located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her PhD is in Cultural Studies / Critical Theory and Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
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