Dr. Elavie Ndura with a dark blouse and light colored jacket, smiling with an orange background.

Dr. Elavie Ndura
Vice President, Equity Diversity and Inclusion
Chief Diversity Officer

Dr. Elavie Ndura is a transformational collaborative leader, practitioner, and scholar with over 30 years of university experience. Proficient in four languages and a recognized catalyst for positive institutional and social change, Dr. Ndura is a professor of education at George Mason University and the 2015-16 presidential fellow for diversity and inclusion. Her interdisciplinary expertise in curriculum and instruction, bilingual and multicultural education, peace education, and conflict analysis and resolution forms the core of her versatile people-to-people leadership style and skills that inform her vision, strategies, and execution to advance institutional equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Dr. Ndura has first-hand experience in developing a campus-wide diversity and inclusion vision and initiatives, with supporting strategies, and engaging faculty, staff, and students in diversity professional development. She has a demonstrated record of inclusive diversity-focused interdisciplinary scholarly achievements, a proven track record in grant writing and solicitation of funding for research and diversity and inclusion initiatives, demonstrated skills to solicit and utilize feedback and develop consensus among groups and constituencies with diverging priorities and perspectives, and time-tested problem-solving and courageous dialogue facilitation skills. Dr. Ndura has extensive experience with shared governance structures with faculty and other key stakeholders, and with birth-to-12 academic environments.

Her transformative work has been affirmed by two Congressional testimonies and many awards including the 2010-2011 Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, the Peace and Justice Studies Association's 2011 Peace Educator of the Year Award, the 2008 United Burundian Community Association Imboneza Award, and the 2004 Reno-Sparks NAACP Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Award.

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