From 2012 to 2016, Dr. Kumea Shorter‐Gooden served as the first Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President at the University of Maryland, College Park. Formerly, she served as Associate Provost for International‐Multicultural Initiatives at Alliant International University, as Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology, and as Director of the student counseling center at The Claremont Colleges. She is a Licensed Psychologist and the co‐author of Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America, a winner of the 2004 American Book Awards. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, she is a thought leader with respect to equity, diversity and inclusion, and she has provided training and consultation to numerous institutions, with an emphasis on schools, colleges and universities, community‐based non‐profit organizations, and professional associations.
A native of Washington, DC, Shorter-Gooden was one of two Black girls to integrate The Madeira School in Northern Virginia. She earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Princeton University with its first class of women and a Ph.D. in Clinical/Community Psychology from the University of Maryland.