CCAS officials name DEI director

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André Culbreath held multiple DEI-related positions at Penn State University from 2014 to 2022, including the associate director of DEI for student affairs and residential living.

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences officials named the school’s inaugural diversity, equity and inclusion director in a University release Wednesday.

André Culbreath, who previously served as the interim co-director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at Penn State University, stepped into the position this month and will spearhead DEI initiatives within CCAS. His appointment follows officials’ months-long search for a CCAS DEI director and their larger commitment to promote diversity and inclusion within CCAS, like the launch of the Inclusive Excellence Initiative in summer 2021.

“I look forward to advancing the college’s efforts surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion to support our CCAS faculty, staff and students,” Culbreath said in the release.

The release states that Culbreath will supervise all of CCAS’ DEI initiatives by supporting DEI-centered programs and educational opportunities, overseeing “special projects” and collaborating with administrators, faculty, staff and students. Culbreath will primarily work with CCAS Dean Paul Wahlbeck, according to the release.

“I look forward to working with André as we pursue our mission of being a supportive and inclusive community for all of our students, staff and faculty,” Wahlbeck said in the release.

The release states that Culbreath held multiple DEI-related positions at Penn State University from 2014 to 2022, including the associate director of DEI for student affairs and residential living.

“I’ve shown that when leaders decide to take action and make people the priority, the outcomes are incredible,” Culbreath said in the release.

Culbreath holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Francis Marion University and a master’s degree in higher education administration from New England College, according to his Linkedin. He will also receive a doctorate of education in organizational leadership from Grand Canyon University this year.

“My vision for this position focuses on defining the college’s DEI strategic action plan, advocating for the evolving needs of our faculty, staff and students and strengthening our sense of community,” Culbreath said in the release.

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