Dr. Kimberly Barrett
Dr. Kimberly Barrett currently serves as the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Lawrence University. This position provides the leadership for creating a more inclusive campus where students, faculty, and staff members can reach their unique potential. Barrett has more than 28 years of experience working with faculty, students, governing boards, and community members to promote learning, student development, social justice, and diversity. Prior to joining Lawrence, she served as Vice President for Multicultural Affairs & Community Engagement at Wright State University.
Before joining Wright State, Dr. Barrett held several administrative positions in higher education in the United States and Canada. Some of these include Vice President for Student Affairs, Vice Provost, Director of Multicultural Affairs, and founding Director of the Women’s Center at Murray State University. She has also taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and coordinated a graduate program.
Dr. Barrett has been active in a variety of community organizations in several states whose goals relate to achieving social and economic justice, including a group in Alabama that started a Mental Health Court diversion program for Shelby County. Some of her civic activities include being a member of Rotary International, 100+ Women Who Care, the leadership council for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Partnership, and serving on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater Dayton. She was also the recent recipient of a DiversityFIRST Award from the National Diversity Council. She recently joined the Board of Directors for the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and for the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass.
Dr. Barrett has also made numerous presentations at regional, national and international conferences. Some of her notable talks include "Diversity Education and the Public Good" and "Ten Years of Breaking Glass: A Black Feminist Reflects on Equity in Higher Education." She's authored articles published in professional journals and newspapers, and for almost 25 years, Barrett has served as a diversity consultant.
Kimberly Barrett obtained her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Murray State University, and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Pfeiffer College in Misenheimer, North Carolina.