May 2, 2022
Kim Ramsey-White, PhD, assistant dean for diversity, equity and inclusion at Georgia State University School of Public Health, has been named associate dean for inclusive excellence at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She will join the Gillings School on June 20.
Ramsey-White, who earned her doctoral degree from Georgia State in research management and statistics and her Master of Public Health degree in maternal and child health from the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB), oversaw the design and implementation of all diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives while serving as assistant dean at Georgia State.
“I love being a part of a team, and I consider myself a servant leader,” Ramsey-White said. “The foundation around inclusive excellence at Gillings is solid, thanks to the difficult and intentional work on the part of so many. I see so much upside, and I am excited to keep building by helping to grow faculty diversity, inclusive excellence training and the overall strength of the Gillings community.”
Born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York, Ramsey-White’s studies took her south to Hampton Institute (now Hampton University), UAB and, most recently, Georgia State. A long-time family connection to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University makes her appointment to Gillings feel like a sort of homecoming.
“We’re so happy Dr. Ramsey-White is joining us in this critically important role. Increased diversity makes Gillings a better school for students and faculty, and a better place to work for our staff,” observed Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, MPH. “I’m confident she will build trusting relationships across the school, university and beyond and be a collaborative leader. She is the right person in the right role at the right time.”
A lover of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan and an avid cyclist, Ramsey-White looks forward to relocating to Chapel Hill and getting set up in her office on campus as soon as possible. “People knew me for the warm and inviting way I decorated my office. I always have music playing and fun décor. I am a teacher at heart,” she said. “I’m always thinking about how I can help prepare the next generation of leaders. People can sometimes get stuck on race and gender, but we cannot exclude the importance of diversity of thought.”
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