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Sherri L. Sanders

Extension Services Program Director
NCWIT

Background

Dr. Sherri L. Sanders is the Extension Services Program Director at NCWIT. Previously, Sherri served as Associate Vice President for Inclusion and Equity at the University of Texas at Austin, where she and her team advanced efforts to create a more diverse, equitable, and supportive campus culture. As the associate vice president, she partnered with the senior vice provost for faculty affairs and other academic leaders to implement inclusive faculty recruitment and retention strategies designed to create and maintain a more diverse faculty. Instrumental in the establishment of the executive vice president and Provost’s new Council for Racial and Ethnic Equity and Diversity, Dr. Sanders collaborated with college and school faculty representatives to champion initiatives focused on systemic change throughout the institution. She also engaged academic and administrative diversity and inclusion committees in developing and executing comprehensive strategic diversity plans grounded in excellence and diversity as mutually reinforcing goals. As the Title VI Coordinator, Dr. Sanders administered Title VI activities and collaborates with the director of investigations and policy on the overall nondiscrimination program at UT Austin.

Prior to 2007, she was a member of the Office of the Dean of Students senior leadership team for nineteen years and served both as Assistant and Associate Dean of Students. In 1998, she received her PhD in educational administration from UT Austin. After graduation, she served as a member of the educational administration faculty for 12 years. Her research interests include diversity planning, gender equity, faculty recruitment and retention, and climate assessment. Dr. Sanders earned her MA in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University and a BS in psychology from Louisiana State University. Throughout her tenure, she has received numerous awards including the Parents’ Association Outstanding Student Affairs Staff Merit Award and the Margaret C. Berry Outstanding Contribution to Student Life Award. She has also represented UT Austin in the state-wide Leadership Texas program. In 2004, she was honored as a participant in the Fulbright Scholar Program in Germany.