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Atkins selected to lead diversity initiatives at MSU

Atkins-M.jpgDr. Caroline Atkins of Frankfort has been named as an assistant professor and assistant to the Office of the President to specifically lead diversity efforts at Morehead State University, effective July 1.

"We are pleased to have Dr. Atkins join the Morehead State University family. She brings a great deal of experience and knowledge, perspective and enthusiasm to this position and our efforts to enhance the diversity of the campus community will move forward under her leadership,” said MSU President Dr. Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan.

According to Morgan, Atkins helped create the state’s diversity plan.

Atkins also will teach in the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminology.

Since February 2016, Atkins has been senior associate at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. She had numerous duties including to assist CPE staff and campus chief diversity officers with the development and implementation of campus-based diversity and inclusion plans in support of student success, particularly for underrepresented minority students.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to join the Morehead State University family. I am very excited about my role and eager to interact with students, staff and faculty. I’m looking forward to working with the campus community to support the mission of the University,” said Atkins.

Prior to the CPE, she was director of the training resource center and regional academic outreach at Murray State University from 1996 to 2016.

Atkins will work with the entire campus to develop and oversees programs, services and initiatives designed to enhance the recruitment and successful retention of students and/or faculty and staff from diverse and under-represented population groups. The individual also will serve as MSU’s Chief Diversity Officer/affirmative action officer and will hold primary responsibility and accountability for ensuring equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination in employment areas and for developing and implementing the campus’ affirmative action program.

Atkins earned her Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from Eastern Kentucky University and her Ed. D. degree from Western Kentucky University. She will also assist with other special projects as needed.

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