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Longwood appoints new director of Diversity and Inclusion

May 31, 2011

Dr. Jamie R. Riley

Dr. Jamie R. Riley, whose background in student affairs includes teaching, research and counseling, is Longwood University's new director of Diversity and Inclusion.

Riley, who will start July 11, will direct the office known formerly as the Office of Multicultural Affairs. At the University of Georgia, where he recently earned a Ph.D., Riley had been a doctoral intern for assessment and evaluation in University Housing since June 2008. He worked previously at Morehouse College, Western Kentucky University (WKU), and DeVry University-Atlanta.

"In addition to his strong background in student affairs, Dr. Riley brings a wide range of experiences," said Cameron Patterson, interim administrator for diversity and inclusion. "At the University of Georgia, he taught a master's level course on multicultural practices in the Student Affairs administration and conducted research on racism, discrimination, racial prejudice, and self-efficacy among African American males. During his career, he has helped to institute numerous programs at Western Kentucky including a student diversity institute; leadership and staff development programming at Morehouse; and a mentorship program at DeVry that focused on enhancing leadership and success among male students."

Riley received a doctorate in counseling and human development services from the University of Georgia on May 13. His dissertation was "Racism, Discrimination and Prejudice: Through the Voices of Undergraduate Black Men at Predominately White Institutions."

He was a residence hall director at Morehouse College in Atlanta (2007-08), coordinator of student life at DeVry University-Atlanta in Decatur, Ga. (2006-07), a leadership program  specialist at WKU (2005-06), and assistant director of the 100 Kings Institute program of the Nashville-based organization 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee (2004).

"I am extremely excited about working with the Longwood family to not only ensure that each student, staff and faculty member feels a sense of comfort and belonging," Riley said, "but also to ensure that the cultural and human differences that make us each unique are areas of celebration and opportunities for learning and growth as we each develop into stronger citizen leaders. Go Lancers!"

Riley has a B.S. in organizational administration and planning and an M.Ed. in educational leadership, with a concentration in administration and supervision, both from Tennessee State University. He is a Cincinnati native.

The reorganization of what is now the Office of Diversity and Inclusion began during the fall 2010 semester, and the name change was announced Feb. 9 to the campus community. Following the departure of Lonnie Calhoun, who had been director of multicultural affairs and international student services, Onie McKenzie, associate dean for student affairs, and Cameron Patterson, a 2010 Longwood graduate, assumed leadership of the office.

The programs and services offered by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are available to all students but will specifically support those whose ethnicity, race, sex, gendered identity, age, religion, ability status, and/or sexuality are under-represented. The office also will look to provide training, advising, programming, and services that promote inclusion, pluralism, and multicultural competency of students in their preparation as citizen leaders in a complex global  community.