Established in 2013, AU’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) aims to provide strategic direction and guidance to the university community as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Over the course of its seven-year history at AU, ODI has gone through several changes, not the least of which were three major changes in office leadership. Augusta University created an inaugural Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) in 2015. Dr. Townsend joined the AU family in 2019 and now represents the first, full-time Chief Diversity Officer for the university.
Purpose: ODI helps units campus-wide foster practices that optimize the contributions of groups and individuals by supporting the engagement and development of all faculty, staff, students and patients.
Mission: AU’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) aims to provide strategic direction and guidance to the university community as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion. In addition, ODI strives to provide institutional leadership focused on enhancing and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment for learning, teaching, research and service at the Augusta University.
Vision Statement: Diversity and Inclusion will build, align and coordinate diversity efforts as a strategic approach that contributes to organizational goals and business performance. In addition, ODI aspires to create a campus climate that affirms diverse identities and experiences, fosters value and respect of all community members, and celebrates differences.
Dr. Tiffany G. Townsend
Chief Diversity Officer
Dr. Tiffany Townsend is the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) and an associate professor of Psychological Sciences at Augusta University. In her role as CDO, Dr. Townsend works closely with university leadership in developing strategies to build and preserve a campus culture that promotes the values of inclusivity, compassion, collegiality, excellence, integrity and leadership. Dr. Townsend, who received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University, previously held faculty positions at Penn State University and Georgetown University Medical Center. Her most recent appointment prior to joining Augusta University was the Senior Director of the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs (OEMA) for the American Psychological Association (APA). In her capacity as director of OEMA, Dr. Townsend has served as PI for several professional mentoring programs, including the Cyber Mentors Program, which was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the LEAP for Diverse Scholars program, funded by the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). As a clinician and scholar, Dr. Townsend has worked for over 20 years to ensure that all individuals regardless of ethnicity, sex or socio-economic status have access to the knowledge and resources necessary to facilitate healthy functioning and overall wellbeing.