On Tuesday, November 2, President Hurwitz announced the names of the five finalists for the position of deputy to the president and associate provost for diversity and inclusion. He also stated that I would send information about each finalist to the campus community the day before his or her public presentation. All five finalists will speak on the topic “Call to Action: Strategies for Educating and Empowering the Gallaudet Community to Embrace the Breadth of Diversity.”
It is my pleasure to introduce to you Dr. Kimetta R. Hairston, who will visit Gallaudet on Tuesday, November 9. Dr. Hairston’s public presentation will take place from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. in Andrew J. Foster Auditorium. You will have the opportunity to submit feedback via Survey Monkey; instructions will be provided on-site.
Since 2008, Dr. Hairston has been an assistant professor of education in the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education at Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg Campus. In addition to her teaching and research responsibilities, she has facilitated campus-wide diversity programs and courses for students and faculty in the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education, Student Affairs, and the Black Student Union. She has also conducted cultural awareness and diversity training for various organizations in the states of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Hawaii.
Prior to joining Penn State, Harrisburg, Dr. Hairston served as literacy coach and chair of the Average Yearly Progress and Accreditation Committee for Diversity with the Newport News, Va. public school system. She was an adjunct professor and faculty advisor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and at Chaminade University in Honolulu. Hawaii. She was assistant to the dean of the College of Teacher Education at Hampton University in Hampton, Va., and served as coordinator of special events for the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities.
Dr. Hairston has presented and published widely. She contributed to the book They Followed the Trade Winds: African-Americans in Hawai’i, edited by Miles M. Jackson. She has also published in educational research journals on topics that include the dehumanization of African American females, cultural sensitivity, and diversity in education. Among her current research interests are diversity and cultural awareness, gender identity, and the integration of diversity into higher education and the professional workplace environments.
Dr. Hairston holds a bachelor’s degree in English, with a minor in sociology, from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and master’s and doctor of philosophy degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manao with a focus on qualitative research design, multicultural education and diversity and disability studies.
I join President Hurwitz in asking that you make every effort to attend Dr. Hairston’s presentation. Your feedback will be helpful as the screening committee makes its recommendations.
Ann Davidson Powell Interim Associate Provost for Diversity Chair, Screening Committee