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Dawn Kiyoe Culpepper

Associate Director & Research Assistant Professor

Dawn leads faculty development programs, education and training initiatives, and research related to creating a more diverse and inclusive academic workplace. Her research broadly examines equity, diversity, and inclusion in the academic workplace, with an emphasis on identifying strategies and disrupting practices that limit full participation for women and scholars from racially minoritized groups.


Dawn completed her Ph.D. in higher education at the University of Maryland, her master's at NC State University (M.Ed. Higher Education Administration), and undergraduate work at the University of Virginia (BA, Government). Prior to entering higher education, she worked in the educational nonprofit sector in Washington, DC, including as the Director of Programs and Operations for PLEN and as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer.