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
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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.
Kiondra Broadway, MPA
Deputy Chief Diversity Officer
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Ms. Kiondra Broadway is the Deputy Chief Diversity Officer and Atlanta native who has led global diversity initiatives, including 4 regions in Asia, 2 regions in the States throughout her career. Ms. Broadway joined the ODI team at Augusta University in February 2022. Over the past ten years, Ms. Broadway has worked with organizations that serves the social and economic needs of underrepresented groups through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) program management and administration. In Georgia, Ms. Broadway worked for the Center for the Visual Impaired in Atlanta, and Elks Aidmore Children's Center in Conyers where she developed and implemented an arts-based program for at-risk girls, ages 11 – 21. This program was accepted into the Georgia State University’s Undergraduate Research Conference in 2010, where Ms. Broadway shared the impact of therapy arts programs among disadvantaged youth. As an Operations Fellow for an organization who serves teen survivors of human trafficking, called FAIR Girls in Washington, D.C., Ms. Broadway secured several in-kind donations from local sponsors, supported the jewelry economic program, and built lasting relationships with the survivors she worked with. While working at the American Psychiatric Association, Ms. Broadway implemented a mentorship program in conjunction with leadership initiatives to advance the organization onboarding process. She also led diversity initiatives and events for the organization the Diversity at Work committee. Ms. Broadway moved to Tokyo, Japan in 2017, where she served as the Assistant Director of the Overseas Diversity & Equity Programs for the University of Maryland Global Campus, Asia Division. She built the DEI infrastructure for the division, served as an executive advisor, and established strategic partnerships with the local military bases. As Ms. Broadway joins the efforts of Augusta University, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, she is eager to collectively shape the community’s diversity landscape.
Vinaya Alapatt (she/her/hers)
Vinaya Alapatt is a second-year clinical psychology graduate student originally from Kerala, India. She has been working as a graduate assistant for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion since the Fall of 2020. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychological sciences with a minor in fine arts from Augusta University. Her current research and clinical interests are on health equity, minority health, and optimal aging. In her free time, she paints and watches films from different parts of the world. Her long-term goals are to obtain a doctoral degree in health psychology and to continue her artistic explorations on the side.
Sequoyah Bell (she/her/hers)
Sequoyah Bell is a research assistant working with Dr. Tiffany Townsend. Sequoyah is a first-year graduate student that is a part of the Master’s Program of Psychology on the experimental track. Sequoyah obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychological science from Xavier University of Louisiana. Sequoyah has been a part of several research opportunities at Xavier through the Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Initiative program in Neuroscience. Sequoyah is working on the Community Policing Project alongside other graduate assistants with Dr. Townsend.
Amber N. Johnson (she/her/hers)
Amber N. Johnson is a native of Thomson, Ga. She received her bachelors in Psychology from Alabama State University. She received her master's in Teaching and Curriculum from Michigan State University. Amber serves as the Diversity and Inclusion assistant. She is responsible for day to day management of the office and needs of the staff.
Zhanar Tuleutayeva (she/her/hers)
Zhanar Tuleutayeva joined ODI team in August 2021. She works on developing, conducting and executing DEI trainings for AU community. Originally from Kazakhstan, Zhanar received her master’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from Eastern Michigan University (EMU). During her graduate studies, she was chosen as a Sociologists for Women in Society delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 64th and 65th session. As a graduate assistant to the EMU Title IX Research Committee Chair, she worked on EMU Campus Survey on Sexual Misconduct Culture Report. Her experience as an exchange student and an international student in the US and Europe, shaped her to become a global citizen. This is why she worked with EMU’s international community during her time as a graduate assistant at the Office for International Students and Scholar. Zhanar believes Diversity and Inclusion are necessary to create more innovative learning and working environment.