Dr. Tiffany G. Townsend is the vice president of organizational culture and chief diversity officer for Purdue University Global. In this role, she supports Purdue Global’s mission and strategy by fostering a learning environment that is diverse, inclusive, and equitable for all students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Townsend earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Spelman College; her Master of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (MPhil) and her Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University.
With nearly 30 years of higher education experience, Townsend served most recently as the chief diversity officer for Augusta University. She has held faculty positions at Penn State University and Georgetown University Medical Center. Townsend also served as senior director of the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs (OEMA) for the American Psychological Association (APA), while also working as a clinical psychologist with the Veterans Administration serving veteran and active duty service members, youth, families, and adults.
As a clinician and scholar, she has worked to ensure that all individuals regardless of ethnicity, sex, or socio-economic status have access to the knowledge and resources necessary to facilitate healthy functioning and overall wellbeing. Her work has been featured in several journals, books, and media outlets including the Washingtonian, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Townsend currently serves as the president of the Georgia Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (GADOHE) and was selected as a fellow with the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE).
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