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Dr. Jamie R. Riley

Director, Race & Justice

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Dr. Jamie R. Riley has worked as a racial justice and social change agent in higher education and/or non-profit administration for the past 15 years. As a published researcher, he is a critical race theorist and investigates the systemic role of race and racism within American culture, systems, and institutions.

Previously, he led his own diversity and strategic planning consulting company, Engaging U, LLC, and served as the Director of Racial Equity for the Center for Law & Social Policy (CLASP), a national anti-poverty policy non-profit in Washington, DC. Within his role at CLASP, Dr. Riley leads organizational strategies focused on infusing racial equity within all external policy and advocacy efforts.

Prior to his role at CLASP, Dr. Riley served as the Assistant Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students at the University of Alabama, where he was the first Black/African-American to hold the position. Prior to his role at the University of Alabama, Dr. Riley served as the Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Throughout his career Dr. Riley has also served as faculty, teaching racial and social justice courses, at various colleges and universities, including the University of Georgia, Longwood University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Maryland, and Howard University.

Dr. Riley has an extensive professional career leading racial equity, justice, and inclusion efforts. He served as the founding Dean for Diversity & Inclusion at Johns Hopkins University. After time at the University of California, Berkeley as the Assistant Dean of Students. He also worked at Morehouse College earlier in his career.

In addition to his membership in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Dr. Riley is a member of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., NASPA-Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education, American College Personnel Association (ACPA), Association of College Unions International (ACUI), American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Riley attended Tennessee State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration & Planning and a Master of Education in Education Leadership & Administration in 2004. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling & Human Development from the University of Georgia in 2011.