Dean of Multicultural Affairs, Senior Diversity Officer
Karla Spurlock-Evans was selected as Trinity’s first dean of multicultural affairs in the spring of 1999 and joined the College that August. At Trinity she also serves as senior diversity officer and Ombudsperson for administrative staff. A member of the president’s cabinet, Spurlock-Evans plays a central leadership role in advancing Trinity’s goals for enhancing diversity and fostering a campus environment that respects and celebrates diversity in all its dimensions.
The office of multicultural affairs is charged with galvanizing the College’s efforts to promote greater diversity, celebrate the differences that make Trinity a vibrant community of learning, and confront the challenges posed by the intersection of different cultural perspectives and experiences with sensitivity, creativity, and commitment to positive change. In coordination with other College offices, the office serves as a source of advice, support, and referral to individual students as well as for student groups; administers academic and mentoring programs; coordinates multicultural programming; promotes student leadership; helps recruit and sustain a diverse student body, faculty, and staff; assists faculty as they seek to infuse the curriculum with a greater emphasis on diversity; and supports student-led efforts to deepen knowledge and appreciation of self and others.
Spurlock-Evans came to Trinity from Northwestern University, where she had been associate dean of students and director of African-American student affairs since 1985. Prior to that she was assistant dean of students at Lake Forest College from 1981-85 and was at Haverford College as director of minority affairs, associate dean of the college, and affirmative action officer from 1977-80. Spurlock-Evans, whose scholarly focus is race relations and various aspects of African-American history and culture, earned her B.A. degree at Barnard, where she was a magna cum laude graduate in political science and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to earn an MA and completed all but her dissertation requirements for a Ph.D. in American studies at Emory University.