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Ursuline announces appointment of Yolanda M. King as Assistant Dean for Diversity

June 19, 2018

Ursuline College has announced the appointment of Yolanda M. King as Assistant Dean for Diversity. King joins the College’s leadership on July 1 to plan and implement programs meant to heighten cultural, ethnic, and social justice awareness while celebrating the richness of diversity within the campus community.

King brings with her more than 20 years’ experience in counseling, mediation, student development, diversity and inclusion and innovation. She comes to Ursuline from Tufts University in Boston where, as Director, Residential Life and Learning for the last 15 years, she oversaw the day-to-day operations of 41 residence halls serving 3,500 students. In that role, she recruited, trained and managed a staff of 120, and collaborated with University departments to provide programs and services for diverse student needs. 

Also while at Tufts, King directed 16 theme houses that focused on culture and academic co-curricular programs and were advised by faculty and staff. She co-chaired the Student Affairs Professional Development Committee for more than 150 professional colleagues, focusing on emerging trends in higher education and best practices for establishing systems and processes.

Before her tenure at Tufts, King served as Associate Director of Residential Services at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, for five years. She gained her early career experience in student affairs at Howard University, Ohio University and University at Buffalo. 

“We look forward to Ms. King’s creative leadership of diversity initiatives that will educate and inspire students, faculty and staff,” said Ursuline College President Sister Christine De Vinne, OSU, Ph.D. “Ursuline College has been committed to inclusive education since its founding in 1871. For almost two decades, the College has maintained an office of diversity, welcoming and supporting students of all backgrounds. Ms. King is well positioned to carry forward that legacy of inclusion.”

“I look forward to being a part of the Ursuline community and collaborating to create an inclusive, transformative experience for students, faculty, and staff,” King said.

She earned a bachelor of arts degree in English at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, and a master of arts degree in student development in higher education at Howard University in Washington, D.C. 

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