Dr. Ashley N. Woodson comes to the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) from the University of Missouri, where she was an assistant professor and member of the senior leadership team for diversity, equity, and inclusion. "I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Woodson to the team and know that we will all benefit from her ideas, experiences, and unique skill set," said NCID director Dr. Tabbye Chavous.

Dr. Woodson is a sociologist of education and advocate for reparative learning opportunities in Black communities. She earned her PhD in curriculum and instruction from Michigan State University. Dr. Woodson's education leadership experience includes service at the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh, the CARTER Center for K-12 Black History Education at the University of Missouri and Abolitionist Teaching Network in Atlanta, GA. As a mother, other-mother, writer and activist, she is committed to centering Black students' freedom dreams.

At the NCID, Dr. Woodson will spearhead projects and initiatives that catalyze, elevate, and promote diversity scholarship, such as Pop-Up Grants, Change Grants, and related initiatives.