Chief Diversity Officer, Dominican University
Sheila Radford-Hill is the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) and Title IX Coordinator at Dominican University. Her teaching and scholarship focus on black feminism and social change from a womanist perspective. She is the author of Further to Fly: Black Women and the Politics of Empowerment and has been an executive in the field of diversity and inclusion since 2003. At Luther College, Sheila was the founding director of the Luther College Diversity Center, now the Center for Intercultural Engagement and Student Success. At Dominican, Sheila led the team that developed Promising Pathways, a project sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) to promote equity in college classrooms. In addition to her work with AAC&U, Sheila became a founding member of the Latinx Visioning Group whose project Encuentos en La Plaza resulted in Dominican University’s receipt of a $2.75M grant to elevate its institutional identity as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). In her role as CDO, she developed the President’s Advisory Council, a student council that advises the President on diversity and equity issues on campus. Sheila conducts workshops for the Higher Education Resources Services (HERS), a women’s leadership organization in Higher Education. Sheila completed a B.A. at DePaul University and an M.A. at the University of Pennsylvania where she became ABD. At the University of Illinois, Sheila completed a graduate certificate in community development. Sheila holds a Ph.D. in humanities with a specialization in education and has significant leadership experience with the Illinois State Board of Education and numerous non-profit organizations.