Tanya O. Williams
Deputy Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Community Engagement
3041 Broadway, AU 127
New York, NY 10027
Tanya O. Williams is Union’s first Deputy Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Community Engagement and in this role, she is responsible for leading, coordinating and implementing inclusive programs, services, policies and practices as part of the seminary’s strategic and inclusive approach to diversity in all aspects of Seminary life. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Tanya has found a second “home” on the East coast.
Most recently, Tanya served as Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion at Mount Holyoke College and has 18 years of diversity, inclusion, and social justice programming and facilitation experience in higher education including positions at University of Illinois, Southwestern University, and University of Massachusetts Amherst. Tanya has taught courses such as Social Diversity in Education, Exploring Differences and Common Ground through Intergroup Dialogue, and the Psychology of Racism. Additionally, Tanya has served as a Lead Facilitator with LeaderShape, a national organization committed to creating leaders with integrity, for 16 years and as a Senior Trainer with Class Action, a national organization committed to ending classism.
Dr. Williams holds an Ed.D. in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and her dissertation, is entitled A Process of Becoming: U.S. Born African American and Black Women in a Process of Liberation from Internalized Racism. She also holds an MS in Educational Administration and BA in Journalism and English from Texas A&M University.