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Sherri L. Sanders

Extension Services Program Director
NCWIT

Background

Dr. Sherri L. Sanders is NCWIT’s Director of Extension Services, joining the staff in March 2017. As director, she is responsible for collaborating with senior leadership to establish and execute the program’s strategic vision and direction; providing leadership and guidance to the program’s core team, consultants, and clients; and ensuring ongoing funding for Extension Services. Working with the core team, Dr. Sanders and team members utilize evaluation reports and data to enhance organizational culture change processes and client services, and develop research-based resources designed specifically to foster all six components of the Extension Services systemic change model.

Previously, Dr. Sanders served as a senior administrator at The University of Texas at Austin for twenty-nine years, most recently as the associate vice president for inclusion and equity. In this role, she championed initiatives focused on university-wide systemic change with an emphasis on the advancement of excellence and diversity as mutually reinforcing goals. In this role, she led campus-wide initiatives including strategic diversity planning, campus climate response, faculty recruitment and retention, and equal opportunity law and policy administration. Prior to assuming a leadership role in Diversity and Community Engagement in 2007, she was a member of the Office of the Dean of Students senior leadership team for 19 years and served both as assistant and associate dean of students.

In 1998, she received her Ph.D. 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, inclusive classrooms, and climate assessment. Dr. Sanders earned her M.A. in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and her B.S. in Psychology from Louisiana State University. Throughout her tenure at UT Austin, she received numerous awards, including the Parents’ Association Outstanding Student Affairs Staff Award and the Margaret C. Berry Outstanding Contribution to Student Life Award. In 2004, she was honored as a participant in the Fulbright Scholar Program in Germany.