Jennifer Ford serves as the Director of the Department of Multicultural Services at Texas A&M University. She has worked in the department for over eight years and previously served as the Associate Director. Prior to working in Multicultural Services she spent almost ten years in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life where she worked in the areas of Alcohol and Drug Education, Adult, Graduate and Off Campus Student Services, New Student Programs, Business Services and Gender Issues Education Services. Jennifer serves on the university’s bias incident response team and is a co-founder of the SEC Multicultural Network. She received her Masters in student affairs administration from Texas A&M University and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oklahoma.
Chaunda M. Allen serves as Assistant to the Vice Provost for Diversity and Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Louisiana State University. Allen also serves as director of the LSU Black Male Leadership Initiative (BMLI), a cohort program for undergraduate Black male students. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming book, Racial Battle Fatigue: Difference and Division in Higher Education. In 2012, she was honored as national advisor of the year by Phi Iota Alpha Latin Fraternity, Inc. becoming the first woman and first African American to receive the award. In 2013, she was honored as a recipient of the Equality Louisiana and Spectrum Legends Award and as national fraternity advisor of the year by the National Association of Latin Fraternal Organizations (NAFLO). Allen received her doctorate in Higher Education Administration and Master of Public Administration degree from LSU. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Southern University.
Valeria Beasley Ross has been a part of the University of Mississippi community as a student, alumna, and staff member for more than twenty years. She currently serves as the Associate Dean of Students. Prior to this position, Valeria served in several other roles and capacities in the Office of Dean of Students. Most recently she served as Assistant Dean of Students for Multicultural Affairs and Volunteer Services. Her educational achievement includes a Bachelor of Social Science, a Bachelor of Public Administration, and a Master of Social Science with a minor in African American Studies all from the University of Mississippi. She is on track to complete her doctoral degree in higher education from The University of Mississippi in the 2015 Fall Semester. Valeria’s research interests include persistence and retention models for student communities; student crisis response, bias response, university crisis response, customer service, cultural competence, civic engagement, social justice, and matters related to gender and the intersection of race and gender. Valeria is additionally an alumnae member of the AmeriCorps Organization, and she has completed certification for NASPA's Mid Manager's Institute and Encore's Cultural Competence Training.