Tufts Appoints New Chief Diversity Officer

Amy Freeman comes to the university from Penn State, where she led inclusion and outreach efforts at its engineering college
August 17, 2017

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Tufts University has named Amy Freeman, a champion of women and multiculturality in engineering, as its new chief diversity officer and associate provost.

The president of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network, Freeman has been the assistant dean of engineering outreach and inclusion at Pennsylvania State University for the past 13 years, overseeing the Multicultural Engineering Program and Women in Engineering Program, and leading partnerships with Career Resources and the Graduate School as well as faculty projects.

“I am looking forward to partnering with others and contributing to Tufts’ continuing success in cultivating a diverse and inclusive academic community,” said Amy Freeman.Previously, Freeman served as director of human and cultural diversity at Lock Haven University and worked seven years in construction management. She holds a master’s degree in architectural engineering and a doctorate in workforce education development from Penn State and has received two National Society of Black Engineers Golden Torch Awards.

“Tufts is an excellent institution, and I am so honored to become a part of the team,” said Freeman, who will start at the university on Sept. 5. “I am looking forward to partnering with others and contributing to Tufts’ continuing success in cultivating a diverse and inclusive academic community.”

The chief diversity officer’s main roles are to lead and champion the university’s diversity and inclusion initiatives; develop metrics and reporting mechanisms to assess the university’s efforts in this area; and advise university leaders and managers in diversity-related matters.

 “Dr. Freeman brings over 25 years of experience in building partnerships and advocating for populations around the world,” said Provost and Senior Vice President David Harris in a statement to the Tufts community. “I am confident that Dr. Freeman will drive the mission, values, and goals of diversity at Tufts in this role, and will be an invaluable member of my team.”

Monica Jimenez can be reached at monica.jimenez@tufts.edu.