Katrina Wade-Golden named deputy chief diversity officer


Katrina Wade-Golden, director of implementation for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, has been named to the new position of deputy chief diversity officer for the University of Michigan.

“Katrina has played an intricate and vital role in the success of the five-year strategic planning process at the University of Michigan,” says Robert Sellers, vice provost for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer. “As we move into our second year of this universitywide effort, I am confident her dedication to DEI will continue to drive impactful and lasting change across our campus community.”

Katrina Wade-Golden

Wade-Golden’s appointment was formally announced at last week’s Community Assembly, part of the Diversity Summit week at U-M.

As deputy CDO and director of implementation, Wade-Golden provides critical support and leadership for the DEI strategic planning process, campuswide climate survey assessment, and assists Sellers with planning and execution of administrative processes.

As director of implementation for the DEI Strategic Plan, including all 50 campus units, Wade-Golden advises campus DEI leads on the implementation and development of tools, reporting processes, and other support resources.

She also plays an integral role in the campuswide climate assessment, providing leadership in the development, collaboration, design and deployment process to ensure its success. Wade-Golden also represents the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion on the local and national levels.

Wade-Golden brings more than 20 years of experience working with complex longitudinal datasets and has broad expertise leading research and strategy engagements in the corporate, higher education, and non-profit sectors, while utilizing a wide range of qualitative and quantitative techniques.

She has led several projects, including a longitudinal multimethod study of intergroup dynamics, identity, experiences with diversity, and student and professional development.

Among her accomplishments is leading the Michigan Student Study. This nationally recognized research project explores the impact of Michigan’s increased diversity focus on students, and served a pivotal role in buttressing the university’s legal rationale before the U.S. Supreme Court, surrounding the educational benefits of a diverse student body for all students.

Wade-Golden holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Wayne State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from U-M, with an emphasis in human resources and organizational development.


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