Isenberg Announces New Director of Diversity & Inclusion
April 14, 2017
Nefertiti Walker, assistant professor with the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management, will lead Isenberg’s diversity initiatives as its first Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Walker will bring experience and proactivity to the school’s commitment to an increasingly inclusive culture. That includes greater diversity and inclusiveness among students, faculty, and staff.
Dr. Walker’s research interests are women in leadership and developing diverse and inclusive cultures in sport organizations. She has over 40 international publications and presentations. She serves on the Athletic Council at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and works closely with UMass Athletics. Internationally, Dr. Walker is Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee for the North American Society for Sport Management, serves on the espnW College Advisory Panel, and is a member of the LGBT Sports Foundation.Coalition Leadership Team. Previous leadership roles include Faculty Advisor for the Isenberg and McCormack student group Association of Diversity in Sport, member of the UMass Amherst Stonewall Center Advisory Board, and Vice President for Inclusion and Social Justice for the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports. Her work has been mentioned on espn.com, espnW.com, TIME Sports, and other sport news outlets. She completed both her BA and MBA from Stetson University and her PhD from the University of Florida.
Dean Fuller remarks “We are indeed fortunate to have among us a scholar and leader in the area of diversity and inclusion who can play a role in advancing our institution-wide diversity mission.”