CSAA-D ambassador Brittany Williams recently caught up with Triple Dawg and CSAA-D alum Dr. Candace Moore (’02, ’04, ’11) to learn about her recent appointment as the inaugural Director of the University of Maryland’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education. Moore joined the University of Maryland Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy (HESI) Program in 2016 as a Clinical Assistant Professor.

Staff at the Center are currently engaged in the development of a research agenda (including conceptual pieces, white papers, resources, etc.) and formalizing plans for when and where the Center’s work enters discussions on issues of equity and inclusion in higher education. They will kick off 2018 with a Thought Leaders Summit featuring Drs. Michael Eric Dyson (Jan 30) and Britney Cooper (Feb. 1).

“A national center devoted to educational policy, educational outreach, developing professional standards, and a research agenda around diversity and inclusion in higher education…”

The Center exists to offer conferences related to higher education practice and applications of research, to develop quality, high-level research on issues of diversity, to foster collaboration amongst campus partners and higher education stakeholders, to center research and teaching on issues of diversity and equity, and to communicate this information across interested parties. Moore described it as, “A national center devoted to educational policy, educational outreach, developing professional standards, and a research agenda around diversity and inclusion in higher education.”

Moore hopes to develop a formal curriculum related to diversity and inclusion in higher education (e.g. a certificate or master’s program), “that supports this idea of focusing solely on the issues, the advancements, and what should be forthcoming in higher education related to diversity and inclusion. In addition to Dr. Moore’s service as Director (and that of Dr. Roger Worthington as Executive Director), the center houses several graduate assistantships and postdoctoral research fellowships.

So, she’s busy!

When not managing the Center or serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor, Moore serves as Faculty Director of the Higher Education in the Ghanaian Context Study Abroad program on her campus. The trip, inspired by the work of Dr. Cynthia Dillard here at the University of Georgia, is open to individuals across higher education and offers opportunities to engage professionals in Ghana doing Student Affairs teaching and research. Attendees will engage in cultural activities, meet with the education minister for the country, and visit four college campuses to learn about “student affairs” beyond a western context.

When asked about the ways her time in CSAA helped her get to this point, Moore shared–

The fact that our program focuses on developing you as a scholar practitioner is helpful. Whether you go into a solely practitioner role, or even as a faculty member, or something that has a little bit of both, our program prepares you to be in either space or all spaces. Not only are we asked to think critically about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it, but we’re also thinking about how does this inform practice or how does our practice inform our scholarship.

She went on to talk about her CSAA-D network. This Allstar (and #BlackGirlMagic) team features fellow alums, Drs. Ginny Jones Boss, Tiffany J. Davis, Christa Porter, alongside Moore who’ve worked together to present, submit, and publish multiple manuscripts around what it means to be “contingent faculty” at R01 institutions. This work has been featured at ASHE and offers the Drs. as well as conference attendees a space to reflect on their contributions to the academy in non-tenure track capacities.

Prior to her position at Maryland, Moore led the EdD in Student Affairs Leadership Program here at the University of Georgia and we are proud of the contributions she continues to make to the field. To learn more about the University of Maryland’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education, visit them on the web *here*.

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