Nkenge Friday, a diversity and inclusion strategist with a background leading organizational-wide diversity and inclusion operations, serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives.
Focusing efforts on equity, inclusion, and diversity as an institutional wide strategy, Friday works to engage all constituents in understanding and supporting inclusive excellence through structured collaboration and community building. Her current research includes the impact of global nationalism on institutions of higher learning, the role of higher education for reconciliation in conflict ridden societies and leveraging diversity and inclusion for global leadership and learning.
In her most recent role as an Associate Dean and Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Marietta College, Friday directed a cultural climate assessment that led to the creation of the inclusive excellence initiative, One Marietta. This initiative introduced the college’s first multicultural student center and themed housing community, along with the establishment of five-full tuition scholarships for historically underserved students engaged in social justice.
An avid researcher and practitioner, Friday holds various leadership positions in professional associations, a commitment that ensures her work remains on par with industry trends and standards. Her work through social justice frameworks and theoretical approaches, notably, collective impact, Kotter’s change model and educational equity theory, allow her the opportunity to examine systemic challenges in order to provide sustainable equity-based policies and practices.
Friday, a certified Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory, received her BA from Tougaloo College, MA from the University of Oklahoma and Doctor of Education from Nova Southeastern University.