Missouri S&T – News & Events – Texas A&M University System Official Named Director of Diversity

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Dr. Nicole Arleane Roberson, Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at the Texas A&M University System, has been named Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Director of Diversity for Missouri S&T . His appointment begins on November 21, 2022.

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While at the Texas A&M University System, Roberson oversaw the development and implementation of civil rights, affirmative action, and diversity programs, procedures, policies, and regulations for the system’s 11 universities, eight agency State and the Texas A&M Health Science Center. She also administered an online training course, “Creating a Discrimination-Free Workplace”, for more than 49,000 system employees.

Roberson also worked at the federal level at the US Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. She has worked on two national initiatives: one on the overrepresentation of minorities in special education, and the other on the underrepresentation of minorities in gifted and talented programs. During her tenure as Director of Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity for Dallas Area Rapid Transit, she cleared a two-year backlog of complaints and implemented diversity programs.

“Dr. Roberson brings expertise in diversity and inclusion initiatives to our university that will be an asset as we work to improve access, equity, inclusion, belonging, and diversity in the Missouri S&T,” said Chancellor Mo Dehghani. “Nicole is an accomplished, dynamic and forward-thinking leader who will collaborate with all members of our community in this mission-critical work.”

As Chief Diversity Officer, Roberson will lead strategic initiatives that enrich the workplace and learning and expand the university’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Its functions will include student, faculty and staff recruitment and retention initiatives; educational programming; reporting and policy development; and cultivating supportive relationships between alumni, employer partners and community stakeholders. Roberson will report to the Chancellor and oversee S&T programs for equity, Title IX, and student and employee diversity initiatives.

“I bring my passion for leading people while modeling trust, inclusion, fairness and empathy in a culture where everyone is safe in pursuing their educational and career aspirations, being authentic and striving for excellence,” says Roberson.

Roberson earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. She holds an MBA in international management from the American Graduate School of International Management and a master’s degree in human resources management and project management, both from Keller Graduate School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in strategic management from the University of North Texas.

Roberson is also a Certified Human Resources Professional (SHRM-CP), a Senior Certified Affirmative Action and EEO Professional (Sr. CAAEP), and a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP).

Roberson will succeed Anitra Rivera, who was named interim Chief Diversity Officer in February 2021.

“I am grateful for Anitra’s willingness to take on this interim role and thank her for her significant contributions and efficient S&T services,” says Dehghani.

About Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university with more than 7,000 students. Part of the University of Missouri’s four-campus system and located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 101 degrees in 40 areas of study and is among the top 10 universities in the nation for return on investment, according to Business Insider. S&T is also home to the Kummer Institute, made possible by a $300 million gift from Fred and June Kummer. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit www.mst.edu.

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