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Dr. Nicole R. Smith

Title: Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Distinguished Full Professor, Saint Joseph’s University

Stokes is the inaugural associate provost for diversity, equity and inclusion at Saint Joseph’s University. Throughout her career, and most recently at Holy Family University in the role of vice president for Institutional Effectiveness and Diversity, Stokes has led efforts to develop programming, training, surveys and curricula focused on diversity and inclusion. She was instrumental in the implementation of diversity modules in the first-year experience course, the general education curriculum and the capstone course at Holy Family, and she has led extensive training for faculty, staff and administrators on topics ranging from difficult classroom conversations and free speech to diversity in hiring and retention efforts. As a professor of sociology, Stokes’ academic interests and expertise lie in the areas of citizenship studies, international migration and political systems. Stokes holds bachelor’s degrees in sociology and journalism, along with a master of arts degree in sociology and a master of professional studies degree in multicultural education from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She earned a Ph.D. in sociology and public policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s MSI Aspiring Leaders Program at the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions.

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